Date: 1/4/18 2:48 pm
From: Cherrie Sneed (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Additional bird feeding strategies for snowy or extreme weather
What do folks think about using coconut oil instead of lard/suet?


Cherrie

On Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 11:20 AM, Nate Dias <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> In stressful snowy conditions like this, I have heard of people
> feeding Bluebirds and Hermit Thrushes raisins soaked in warm water and
> berries like blueberries or blackberries. Putting the items on a tray
> on the ground seems to work.
>
> Some little birds that will not eat whole sunflower seeds *will* eat
> sunflower hearts (shelled sunflower seeds) that are very lightly
> chopped in a food processor. Things like Pine Warblers and Chipping
> Sparrows. The little wire basket feeders are good dispensers for it,
> especially with a little collar made of a plastic water bottle
> section.
>
> Chopped pecans are also beloved by a wide range of birds, including
> warblers and Hermit Thrushes. Chopped unsalted peanuts as well.
>
> And a friend of mine had a Hermit Thrush with a taste for sweet potato
> spend the winter. I know from hunting lore that Wood Ducks are fond
> of sweet potato slices...
>
> * People that are feeding Orioles jelly - they also like little chunks
> of suet or home-made suet put next to the jelly in your feeder setup.
> Not sure about pure peanut butter, but they certainly like lard+peanut
> butter+corn meal in a mixture.
>
> And remember to keep those feeding stations clean!
>
> Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
>
> On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 3:41 PM, Brian Pendergraft
> <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> > All,
> >
> > I love this discussion, because I'm one who thoroughly enjoys feeding our
> > feathered friends. I provide an assortment of foods, and a heated water
> > source.
> > My foods are energy driven with multiple suets (hot and regular),
> peanuts,
> > and peanut butter that is stuffed carefully inside a log feeder. I also
> > provide black
> > oil sunflower, and sunflower hearts. Backyard birding, along with
> feeding
> > has been a passion of mine for years, and it's during these truly winter
> > days, that
> > I probably pay even closer attention to the feeders. Please don't forget
> > those ground birds either, by offering them a seed or two. Especially if
> > the ground is covered
> > with that white stuff.
> > If we do get any snow in the triangle area, I'll be watching the feeders
> > closely, and maybe get my weather-related Fox Sparrow, or maybe even a
> > Purple Finch or Pine Siskin.
> > I participated for a couple of hours for Brian B. during the Falls Lake
> CC,
> > but nothing new has come in yet. Of course like Susan says, it's snowing
> > aloft, but not reaching the ground
> > yet where she is. It's going to be hard for the snow to reach the ground
> > with the dew point at -1 here in Raleigh!
> >
> > Be safe everyone, and say a brief prayer for me later tonight if it does
> > snow, cause I'm heading for the Flexible Flyer!!!!
> >
> > Brian Pendergraft
> > hoping for snow in Falls Lake, NC
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 3:19 PM, <susan...> wrote:
> >>
> >> Jamie and All---
> >>
> >> Indeed wading birds are vulnerable directly from this cold but by having
> >> their foraging areas frozen over for a significant amount of time.
> >> Dabbling ducks-- ditto. And shorebirds-- well, they have been
> >> challenged for several days now.
> >>
> >> Any insectivores will have a rough time for the next several days unless
> >> they were well fattened up by the end of 2017 or now have access to a
> >> feeding station with suet, mealworms. etc. Yes, hummingbirds will be
> >> very interested in sugar water-- and fortunately they can exist on only
> >> nectar for a few days at least-- if they are healthy and have good
> >> instincts. Even seed and fruit eaters may be in trouble if they do not
> >> have ready access to food and heavy cover.
> >>
> >> Frank Hamilton's example is a good one in terms of how to provide extra
> >> food for our birds--- as was Ann Maddock's hummer feeder heater set up.
> >> And, by the way, there is now a commercial sugar water heater available
> >> (go to our NC Hummingbird FB page for details from Dwayne Martin who has
> >> been testing it out this week). This was actually developed during the
> >> last couple years in the Northwest-- for overwintering Anna's
> >> Hummingbirds. But clearly there is a market in the Southeastern US this
> >> year as well!
> >>
> >> **Also-- by the way-- I have had both coastal as well as inland hummer
> >> (2 in Raliegh) hosts JUST attracting a hummingbird to their nectar in
> >> the last couple days! So IF you can keep your feeder thawed, be sure to
> >> have an eye out: you may get a late season customer!! And let me know
> >> right way, of course!
> >>
> >> Here on the farm, I just made a fresh batch of suet that I will be
> >> crumbling as well as fitting into my cage-wthin-a-cage feeder. I have
> >> millet, safflower and sunflower out and just added water to my (simple
> >> and inexpensive) heated dog dish-- with a big shell in the middle for
> >> easy, safe access. Guess the snow is falling now but not quite making
> >> it to the ground in the Sandhills--so far.
> >>
> >> Stay warm and safe everyone-- and enjoy the birds!
> >>
> >> Susan Campbell
> >> Southern Pines, NC
> >>
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Thanks!
> > Brian Pendergraft
> > 919-270-5311
>



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*Cherrie & Dan Sneed*
Meggett, SC
St. Paul's Parish
Southern Coastal Charleston County
&
Robbinsville, NC
Snowbird Mountains
Graham County

 
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