I suppose by now it’s no secret that I’m a teeny, tiny bit obsessed with the feathered creatures that visit my yard. Since a few people have asked me recently what I put out for the birds, I thought I’d do a short post about what goes into the Avian Eatery.
Here’s a picture of my current setup –
I switch between using Royal Wing and Pennington bird seed, depending on what store I’m at. I put out about two cups a day – one in the traditional bird feeder (reddish one on the far left), and one on the white swing (far right). I also have a Mr. Canary Finch Feeder (love their story – check it out HERE) that lasts a good week or two, on average. The large green cage suet feeder is for the meal worm cake (*shudder*), and the two smaller suet feeders hold Royal Wing Hi-Energy Suet. I make my own nectar for the hummingbird feeder (4 parts water, 1 part sugar, boiled for one minute, then cooled overnight), and will occasionally put an orange or a nectarine (Cailli complained about this in her latest vlog – LOL) on the white swing, next to the seed. The water dish on the tree stump is a basic terra cotta plant saucer.
I also put out heels of bread and stale bagels whenever we have them, mostly as a treat for my crows – this is a shot of what I call, “Whale Rock” (far right) with a bit of Peasant Bread on it, hoping to entice Angel back for a visit.
There’s a great chart over at The Old Farmer’s Almanac that popped up in my newsfeed last month. If you’re thinking about feeding birds, take a peek at – Wild Bird Food Preferences – What Do You Feed Wild Birds?. Also, if you’re local, there’s a Facebook group called Bird Watchers of New Hampshire that’s an excellent resource for all bird-related things (click HERE to check it out).
Do you do any backyard feeding? What’s your favorite way to attract winged beauties to your yard? Be sure to shout out in the comment section with any suggestions – I’m always happy to change it up, so I don’t risk bored birds. *grin*