We hate to say it but, fall is right around the corner and your local feathered friends will be depending on you to help them out.  Many of you have bird feeders, bath's and flowers that help to attract local song birds to your yard. With fall on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about what kinds of supplements that you can put out to help get your birds through the Winter.

Today on the Top 5 at 7:45, I'll highlight foods that will be attractive to your local birds and some that will help give them much needed energy and the colder weather approaches.

  1. Peanut Butter Suet - Many people have started making this on their own instead of buying it. When you have nuts, raisin's, peanut butter and lard in the suet, it makes for a great source of energy the birds can use during the cold months.
  2. Meal Worms - If you want to attract Bluebirds and Jays, meal worms are the way to go. If live ones freak you out, you can buy them dried. They are full of protein and energy.
  3. Baked Eggshells - I have some at home and what you do is mingle these in your bird seed. They provide much needed calcium for birds, especially female birds that need it replenished after nesting. Roast them in the oven for about 10 minutes at 250 degrees and let cool before serving.
  4. Beef Fat Suet - Another high energy meal. Save your beef broth and freeze it. When you get ready, you can make your own beef fat suet for your birds.
  5. Nuts - I like to put out nuts mixed with black safflower seeds. These are the best because there is no filler millet involved. The birds love this hearty meal.

The Top 5 at 7:45 airs weekdays with me, Gary Freeman, and sponsored by First Education Federal Credit Union. Happy Birding!


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