January 29, 2018
This suet set-up has our name on it, literally! Congratulations to Gary Mueller, of Rolla, MO, for winning BirdSpotter Judges’ Choice for the “Sweet for Suet category. He made suet out of molds with the letters P, F and W, and was lucky enough to see this perfectly poised Downy Woodpecker land right next to it. He writes, “Whenever I place something new for the birds in my feeder area the inquisitive Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice are usually the first to check it out. However, for the PFW suet, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Downy woodpecker was the first to sample the treat.”
Most suet is beef kidney fat, which is inexpensive and available at many meat counters, but it can also can be purchased as processed cake that includes seeds, berries, and other ingredients. One thing is for sure, it is great at attracting insect-eating birds! Play around with our Common Feeder Birds tool to see what kind of birds it might attract in your area.
Now is the time to submit your photo to the next BirdSpotter category Bold, Bright, and Beautiful. Biweekly People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners receive prizes from the Cornell Lab and our sponsor, Wild Birds Unlimited. Anyone can participate by entering a photo and voting for their favorites! Find out more about the BirdSpotter contest.