Brenda in AZ had a question about our recipe for suet cakes. This is what we used to make:
Feeder Oat Cakes
1 pound lard melted
1 cup rolled oats (quick cooking is best)
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup mixed wild bird seed
1 cup sunflower seeds
Melt lard in pot, use oven or microwave.
Stir in remaining ingredients and blend well.
Pour into paper-lined muffin tins.
Chill until hardened
I like to melt the lard in a large stainless steel bowl, let it cool somewhat and then add the "goodies". You can fill a cupcake paper/tin with this, chill them and then put them out in your suet feeders and stock up your freezer!.
I don't do much of this in the summer, since the lard gets melty and messy. Brenda might visit one of her pet food stores and ask about feeding birds in the hot AZ summer. Maybe just make sure they have clean water and food with some fruit in it. Here is an oriole feeder and I bet you get lots of hummers,too. We mostly get garden variety birds, I buy 25 lbs of black sunflower seeds which doesn't last too long once the squirrels get busy!
This is somewhat like my seed feeder is, not exactly though. Mine is supposed to be squirrel proof which is the funniest thought in the world. Mine has windows in the glass area, and the squirrels hang by their feet from the roof and shovel the seeds into their mouths! Although there is this: during the coldest part of the winter, when little or nothing is to be seen out of doors, the squirrels are scampering around looking for food. and giving us a laugh or two.
Enjoy the birds with us!
Cheers, Jo and Stella