Picked up some suet for the chirpers this week. With the cold weather here, un-rendered suet can be put out for birds without spoiling. I noticed they had it in the meat department at the grocery store. A buck twenty for a big hunk. Pretty awesome.
Should you not be privy – Suet is beef fat, and a pretty popular bird food. It’s excellent for attracting woodpeckers and starlings (two of my favorites). I have these little wire cages that the pre-packaged stuff fits inside, and I figured they’re fine for the natural stuff too. If you find yourself overrun with starlings (or otherwise) when you’re trying to attract woodpeckers, try putting the suet in a box with the only opening on the bottom. Most birds will not be very happy with the fact that they have to hang upside down, but woodpeckers will have no problem at all. Another favorite bird feeding trick of mine is the cheap-peanut-butter-in-a-pinecone thing. (Self-explanatory.) During the winter, it’ll freeze right up and harden. Awesome.
As for squirrels and chipmunks – That’s a problem for someone far more wily than myself.