Daily Archives: January 17, 2009

What birds like to eat – Home cooking

 Thought I would start a list of kitchen scraps that can be put out to feed the birds.

Here’s  a basic list of food I sometimes put  out for the birds. 

Cheese:
Blackbirds, song thrushes, robins and dunnocks like cheese.
If you have the time grate some cheese, put it under a hedge or shrub – that will attract wrens. 
I’m putting out grated cheese at the moment and am getting loads of blackbirds and thrushes

Fruit:  
A lot of birds like fruit. I’ve  videod  a bird trying to eat an apple – it was amusing.
Birds like fresh apples and pears. Starlings, tits and thrushes  seem to enjoy rotten or bruised apples and pears.  

Bird cake, fat balls: These are very good in winter especially. It’s very convenient to buy them but they are easy to make as well.

  • Melt some lard.
  • Add oatmeal, cheese, seeds, nuts, dried fruit and even cheese.
  • It needs to be one third fat and two thirds needs to be the mixture.
  • Put it in a container to set.
    A bird-meal in minutes (well not quite).

Bread:
I was told that it’s best to soak bread in water before putting it on the bird table. I have also been told that it is not a very nutritional feed. But I find it gets eaten.
 

I’m trying to find more home made feed for the birds. Someone told me they put out grated carrots.  I did that a while ago and it got eaten for a while, then the grated carrots got left so I stopped.

Please let me know what scraps you put out for the birds.  I can add it to the list.  Cheers.