Bird Food Recipes
You can make your own garden bird food by pouring melted fat (suet or lard) onto a mixture of ingredients such as seeds, nuts, dried fruit, oatmeal, cheese and cake. Mild grated cheese is a favourite with robins, dunnocks, blackbirds and song thrushes.
Use about one-third fat to two-thirds mixture. Stir well in a bowl and allow it to set in a container of your choice. An empty coconut shell or plastic cup makes an ideal bird cake 'feeder'.
Food bars or fat hung up or rubbed into the bark of trees is a great help for treecreepers, goldcrests and many other species.
Fat, including suet, is particularly welcomed by tits, great spotted woodpeckers, thrushes and wrens. However, do not put out polyunsaturated fats, since they do not give the birds the high levels of energy they require in winter.
Pastry, cooked or uncooked is excellent especially if it has been made with real fats. Roll it into a ball and place it into a fat ball bird feeder, which will make it more difficult for the squirrels.
For blackbirds, song thrushes and other members of the thrush family, put out fruit, such as apples and pears. These can be put on a bird table, or suspended in a fruit bird feeder.