We’ve been discussing birdwatching and the various ways to attract certain birds. One of the best methods of attracting woodpeckers is to use Peanut Suet Nuggets (http://goo.gl/Y8usGZ), which happen to be perfectly sized for use in a Bird Feeder Seed Ball (http://goo.gl/iBGCuH).
Woodpeckers love suet, which is raw beef or mutton fat. Suet is typically delivered in cake form. It’s sometimes used for cooking, but woodpeckers like it just the way it is.
Suet is also particularly attractive to nuthatches, chickadees, jays, and starlings. Wrens, creepers, kinglets, and even cardinals and some warblers occasionally visit suet feeders.
Many birds love animal fat because it’s easily digested and metabolized. Of course fat is a high-energy food.
Recently, someone had the idea of combining suet with ground peanuts. This allows the fatty substance to be delivered in the form of small nuggets.
I’m here to report that the peanut suet nuggets not only smell great (like aromatic peanut butter) they also work like woodpecker nip. Woodpeckers go crazy for this stuff.
We placed a layer of suet nuggets inside our seed ball bird feeder. The results were almost instantaneous. Several local woodpeckers descended on the sphere. In fact, there was practically a fight as each took turns pecking at the suet.
The suet nuggets make the seed ball even more useful. Now we layer the nuggets amongst a bed of black oil sunflower seeds.
Needless to say, our local birds are loving this veritable smorgasbord of treats.
If you have any interest in “birding,” or bird photography, this is a great way to get started. The wonderful aspect of birdwatching (and birding) is that it can be done well in your own backyard, and at a modest cost.
You don’t need to jet off to Africa to see wildlife. You can enjoy it from the comfort of your backyard or RV campsite.
And by the way, if buying online the best price is on the six-pack of peanut suet nuggets.