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Emily Dickinson

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Suet, it's what's for dinner

A male Nuttall's woodpecker snacks on suet. J.J. Meyer
I've been offering Naturally Nuts suet cylinders from Wild Birds Unlimited for months. Suet is packed with fat and protein, which makes it a good cold weather food. During the winter, I had several types of warblers come daily for this nutritious snack. A few brave white-crowned sparrows even dined at the suet feeder.

Lately, I've had migrants such as black-headed grosbeaks. And it's also good for nesting birds.
My year-round regulars such as the Northern mockingbirds, scrub jays, house finches and a pair of woodpeckers visit daily. They often show up in pairs, fill their bills and fly off to feed their young. Check the previous blog post to see a pair of bushtits on the suet feeder. They often come in large flocks, sometimes hanging upside down, to grab a suet snack. 

Happy Birding!

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