Christmas Is for the Birds

The tree outside my window is festively decorated with a feast for the feathered fauna of the front yard. Hanging from the branches are suet cakes, dried apple slices, dried orange slices, and popcorn garland.

bird suet cake

bird xmas tree 3

Vegetarian Bird Suet

  • 1 cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 3 cups bird seed (millet, sunflower seeds, etc.), nuts, rolled oats, or chopped dried fruit

Melt shortening and peanut butter over medium-low heat. Stir in seed or other additions. Pour into molds (like muffin cups) and refrigerate once cooled, or pour into 8×13-in pan and refrigerate until firm before cutting into blocks or shapes with cookie cutters. Place in suet feeders or wrap in mesh and hang outside. Put out clean water in a birdbath or terra cotta saucer.

dried apple slice

dried orange slice

I wrapped my suet with plastic mesh material from bags of onions, lemons, potatoes, etc. The popcorn and dried fruit slices were easy since I’m lucky enough to have an air-popper and a dehydrator. The only other items needed were a needle, thread, and floral wire.


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One response to “Christmas Is for the Birds

  1. Aw, what a sweet little gift to give the wild life! Your local birds sure are lucky. :)

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