Why Suet Is Important to Birds and to Your Backyard
Suet is a high energy formulation of animal fat and other ingredients to attract insect eating birds. Suet is a quick source of heat and energy for birds, who’s metabolisms are set on fast forward. It traditionally has been used as a good substitute for the insects that birds usually feed upon but are not plentiful in cold weather. Suet can be presented all year long – the suet we offer is specially designed for year round feeding.
BIRDS THAT ARE ATTRACTED TO SUET
Offering suet in a wire cage or suet log is a low-maintenance bird feeder. You refill only once every week or so, you never need to scrub the feeder, and you can leave it in your yard year round. Presenting suet in your backyard will also attract a greater variety of birds for your enjoyment. Some of the backyard birds that enjoy suet include:
– Woodpeckers – downy, hairy, red-bellied, red-headed, northern flickers, and pileated;
– Chickadees, tits, nuthatches, brown creepers, Carolina wrens, tufted titmouse,
Eurasian bullfinch and starlings;
– Wrens, warblers, thrushes, brown creepers, brown thrashers, robins, orioles, cardinals,
northern mockingbirds, catbirds, black-headed grosbeak, blackbirds and blue jays.
HOW TO PRESENT SUET TO YOUR BIRDS
Presenting suet to your backyard birds can be as easy as putting a suet cake in a mesh bag or smearing it into the bark of a tree or log. Specially designed suet feeders are available which are attractive and easy to fill. These feeders usually provide a wire cage to hold the suet cake. Since most of the birds that are attracted to suet, usually cling to the bark of trees in search of insects, suspend your suet feeder in a tree close to the trunk, approximately 5 to 6 feet from the ground.
We have bottom feeding suet feeders available to discourage starlings from taking over your suet feeder. This feeder requires birds to hang upside down, which starlings do not like to do.
We also have ready to use suet cakes available in a variety of peanut, seed, berry and raisin flavors for home delivery.
BENEFITS TO YOUR GARDEN
The birds that visit your suet feeder will also reward you in the spring and summer months by eating the insects in your garden!
SPRING TIP: The mating season brings many tasks like finding and building a nest as well as feeding the young. Suet provides an excellent source of energy for spring time birds.
FALL TIP: Many adult birds will undergo a complete molt of their feathers each fall. This, and getting ready for migration requires lots of energy like that found in suet!