Wednesday, March 21, 2018

How to Render Beef Fat to Make Suet for Birds 2018

Learn to take beef trimmings and render the fat from them using a crock pot. The rendered fat is used as a key ingredient to a homemade suet recipe which uses animal fat, peanut butter, quick oats, cornmeal, and flour. The leftover cracklings are also used to feed wild birds. This suet is an excellent attractant to feeding wild birds. And animal fat is good for birds as it is high in energy and contains healthy fats.

Monday, March 19, 2018

American Hazelnut Flower Catkins 2018

You are looking at the flowers of American Hazelnut in my Topeka KS yard. It’s Mar 13 2018 and the hazelnuts are at the height of their bloom. They bloom before the shrubs even have leaves. The flowers are known as catkins and catkin is Dutch for kitten referring to their resemblance to kitten tails. The catkins are the male flowers of the shrub. The flowers are wind pollinated and the plants are the source of the American hazelnut. The nut meats are small (the size of peas). I like to think of the blooming of the hazelnuts as the first sign of spring in Topeka.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Diving Bufflehead Ducks 2018

These bufflehead ducks were found at Lake Sherwood in Topeka KS on Mar 3 2018. I walked to the lake before sun up and they were feeding along a jetty. You can really see how small they are compared to the Canada goose. Buffleheads get their name from the word buffalo as their heads are large in comparison to their body, just like a buffalo. They are diving ducks and catch aquatic invertebrates and feed on them under water. They are only found in Kansas in the winter. They breed mostly in Canada in tree cavities made by flicker woodpeckers.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Grackle Eating Homemade Suet from Log Feeder 2018

Common grackles are despised by so many people because they come in big flocks and eat a lot of seed but they are incredibly gorgeous birds. The males look so metallic. The purple head, the bronze body, and that intense yellow eye make this bird a favorite of mine. They are just so gorgeous. This male came to my Topeka KS yard on Mar 13 2018 and took a liking to my homemade suet, which I serve in a homemade suet log. My suet is made with animal fat, peanut butter, homemade cornmeal, quick oats, and white flour. Almost every kind of backyard bird loves it.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Attract Yellow-rumped Warblers with a Suet Log 2018

The yellow-rumped warblers have been plentiful this year in my Topeka KS yard. Recently I saw 5 at once on the ground eating homemade suet that I had sprinkled there. This warbler was spotted on Mar 7 2018 eating at my suet log. I find that suet log feeders are one of the best ways to feed birds in my backyard. And my homemade suet recipe is the best attractant for birds. The suet is made with animal fat, peanut butter, quick oats, homemade cornmeal & white flour.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How To Make Corn Meal in a Blender

How To Make Corn Meal in a Blender. Instead of buying corn meal from the store, you can make your own in a blender. This corn meal is used in a suet mix for feeding wild birds. In video, cracked corn is blended into corn meal. You could also start with whole kernel corn. Cracked corn is whole corn that has been chopped. It is full of nutrition as the germ hasn't been removed from the kernel like it has in corn meal bought at the grocery store. The germ is removed to extend shelf life of the corn meal. Besides be healthier its also cheaper to make your own corn meal from cracked corn

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Harvester Butterfly 2015

Not my yard but could be if I had wooly aphids.

On Aug 11 2015 some friends let know they had a harvester butterfly in their yard in Lawrence KS. They are not common at all probably because their host is an insect not a plant. That's right, their host is woolly aphids. These aphids are found on a variety of plants although they also don't seem to be that common around here.