Make a Special
The following recipe is a great food mixture for birds that
can be smeared on tree bark, fence posts, the wood in a wood
pile, or pine cones hung in the yard where they can be seen
from your windows. This mix provides a supplemental source of
fat energy and nutrients to the birds. Making the mixture is
fun, inexpensive and something the whole family can join in.
First, in large bowl, stir together:
1 part flour,
3 parts yellow corn meal,
1 part bird seed,
a handful of raisins and
a handful of shelled peanuts.
Then add 1 part of lard or peanut butter and stir until the
mixture holds together in one big ball. (Or, you can
substitute bacon grease that's been rendered and chilled, but
do not use shortening.)
This mixture will attract nuthatches, chickadees, tufted
titmice, brown creepers, woodpeckers, mockingbirds and even
bluebirds. Keep a record of the different species of birds you
observe, it's fun and educational for "children" of all ages.
The birds will appreciate it too!
Virginia Department of Game and Inland