I wouldn’t go so far as to classify myself as a bird watcher, but I do enjoy the substantial avian traffic we get around these parts. The variety of birds is astounding, and I make every effort to attract them to my yard. The conventional bird feeder hanging just beyond my porch is always fully stocked with wild bird seed, a hummingbird feeder gets decent traffic and the bluebird house is open for business. You’d think that would cover the bases, but insect-eating birds like woodpeckers, jays, nuthatches and chickadees are looking for something more: high-protein, high-energy fat.
Suet blocks are a popular way to increase bird traffic year-round and can be positively crucial to birds’ survival late in the year as food becomes scarce. Seeds, nuts and fruits are encased in rendered fat and are usually placed in wire cages on which birds can grip.
If you’re looking to attract more birds to your yard or it’s just time for a refill, making your own suet blocks is easy to do for a fraction of the price of commercially available blocks.
Technically, this suet block contains no suet. Instead of rendered beef fat, we use lard, which is rendered pork fat. Same stuff, different animal. I won’t tell the birds if you won’t.