- Robins (who don't eat from bird feeders but who enjoy the bath)
- Blue Jays (who scare away the other birds and are REALLY loud)
- Common house sparrows (that sit on my kitchen window sill)
- Owls (they keep their distance but manage to scare the bejesus out of the little birds)
- Golden Finches (only prefer thistle)
- Red Tail Hawks (only prefer to eat the little birds, which they have, right in front of me)
I've added a suet feeder for winter, and developed my own suet recipe. I consider this a success because:
A. birds seem to eat it
B. Birds seem to eat it and survive
Here's the recipe:
- Three or four heaping tablespoons of beef fat (I collect it in a can and save it in the fridge, let it harden and throw out the can when it's full. It contains bacon and beef fat. )
- Three tables spoons of any kind of peanut butter
- A cup of oiled sunflower seeds.
Then add the suet mix to a plastic container the size of your suet feeder (I bought a suet cake from the store and saved the plastic tray to re use)
Put the suet into the container and into the freezer to firm up.
When set, pop it out and insert into the feeder.
Now, if you live where it is 90 degrees, this recipe is not only NOT going to work, it will make a terrific drippy mess. So leave this for cold climate or cold days. I googled recipes calling for beef suet from a butcher shop (a what?) and two or three melting sessions to firm it. I don't plan on commercially selling suet and I'm lazy, so mine worked just fine and took about 15 minutes.