This fall I bought a new feeder. I think it’s really intended to be a “big-game” feeder, but I thought I could fill it with sunflower seeds and it would work just fine for feeding the birds. I waited until after deer hunting season to put it out so it wouldn’t attract any of those four-legged critters to my backyard.
It has a battery operated timer that can be programmed to distribute feed at different times of the day. At the allotted time, the feeder opens a hole at the bottom of the bin and another device swirls around and sends the feed flying out over the ground. I’ve got the first feeding set for 7:30 a.m. and the last one at 3:30 p.m. Birds like Pine Grosbeaks have no problem eating off the ground. Eventually the deer do make their way through my backyard to clean up the spilled seed. I don’t like to feed the deer for lots of reasons, one of which is the recent request by the DNR, but in this neighborhood they will come through anyhow. It’s amazing that the deer will eat the hulled shells of the sunflower seed that other birds have discarded. I figure that’s not too bad as I don’t have to clean it up in the spring.
The best thing about this feeder is that I don’t have to go out on those frosty mornings when it’s way below zero to replenish the feeders!
Another feeder that I have is the “mother of all suet feeders”. I bought it a few years ago at the Detroit Lakes Bird Festival silent auction. Not only did I get a great feeder, but I donated money to a good cause.
I like to buy the raw suet from the butcher at the super market (the best local place to get it is Zups in Cook). Back in the old days, they would give away the suet, but now it is sold for about $1.00 per pound. I have found that the birds much prefer the raw suet over the fancy blends that they sell in the bird specialty stores.
My next blog posting will be the 500th post of my blog, and I will reflect over the past few years of blogging. Happy Holidays!