By the time winter arrives, many birds have migrated south to enjoy warmer weather during these cold, and often snowy, months. When we feed the birds during this critical time of year, we often serve sunflower seeds and suet, to name a few; however, there’s another high-energy food birds love year-round and that’s peanut butter.
Birds love peanut butter because it provides a quick source of energy when it’s windy, bitter cold and night is coming, birds want to find shelter as soon as they can. There is something we can do to help and that means offering this creamy specialty to all the brave birds who remain in New England and other cold climates across the United States and beyond.
You may remember the tall tale “Peanut Butter Sandwich” by Shel Silverstein, where a young king loved peanut butter so much his mouth stuck together…for 20 years. While this charming story was written more for entertainment, we have to be careful about using store bought peanut butter when feeding the birds because the stickiness can make a big difference and not in a good way.
The best option is to use peanut butter specifically for the birds because this often has the grit necessary to reduce the sticky factor and allow birds to easily digest this delicious substance and return for more to keep their energy up all winter long. If you choose, you can also make your own bird-friendly mixture at home by adding grit, in the form of cornmeal, to store bought peanut butter. While this formula works, it’s not ideal because it may need to be replaced more often to maintain freshness.
Unlike store bought peanut butter, the peanut butter available for bird feeding is optimized for the birds so it stays fresh for longer. Since you can get peanut butter in many different forms, it’s wise to choose one that suits the feeders you have in your yard. Nutty flavored suet balls work well in suet ball feeders or on platform feeders. Peanut butter suet cakes fit in any suet cake feeder. Discover more ways to serve this delicious form of energy to your birds by clicking through our slideshow presentation below.
Which birds visit peanut butter feeders? You may find different species frequent your backyard, savoring the nutrients found in this nutty treat. You can attract any of the following birds: chickadees, creepers, mockingbirds, nuthatches, titmice, Yellow-rumped Warblers, wrens along with Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, among others. Please visit Duncraft.com to browse peanut butter for the birds. Happy Birding!