August 20, 2010

Stakeout

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My grandmother mailed me a Birds & Blooms magazine that included a simple suet recipe. I had all of the ingredients in my pantry so I gave it a try. I even sampled the treat myself. It tasted like cookie dough but with the wrong ingredient ratios.

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I waited until Saturday to hang the goodie outside so that I could spend a few hours spying on the backyard wildlife. One thing led to another and I figured, if I was going to sit in front of the window, I should create a bird sanctuary.

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First, I filled the bird bath.

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Next, I plugged in the fountain for some inviting sounds.

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Then, I set up five kinds of bird feeders. (This seems excetric, even for me.)

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Mrs. Cardinal was the early bird.

Cardinal and Safflowers Mr Cardinal
She and her mate like safflower seeds.

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This hummer was fun to watch and a challenge to photograph.

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The blue jay was the cleverest guest. He could extract a peanut faster than I could focus the camera.

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I'm glad I set up the other feeders because the only bird that I saw eat the suet was this sparrow.

The squirrel, on the other hand, wasn't picky. For him, my bird sanctuary was an all you an eat buffet.
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Here's the suet recipe in case you want to try it yourself this weekend.
1 cup shortening (Crisco)
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup crushed dry cereal (I used Corn Flakes)
1 cup cooked oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
Mix together. Line a food storage container with wax paper and spread mix inside. Freeze until solid.

5 comments:

  1. Wow, you took some awesome shots, I'm glad you had so many visitors :)

    I love humming birds but never have my camera ready when I see one.. as soon as its out they're gone :(

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  2. I will have to try your recipe. Your photos are great! I love the photo of Mrs. Cardinal.

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  3. Amy if you make the suet, one tip I learned: it might better in the cooler months. With the 100+ degree heat, there was a little puddle of oil that dripped onto the grass below the feeder.

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  4. You are such a great photographer! And, thank you for teaching me what suet is! :)

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  5. so much fun! love your entry about okra too - the leaves are beautiful.

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