This time of year I like to make seed cakes for the birds. There are still a lot of insects and wild seeds and berries around but they’ll be increasingly hard to come by as the month goes on. So the birds can get a head start and put on some weight before winter comes in force, I put out a seed cake every week or so.
There are loads of guides out there on how to make a seed cake but this is what I do. You will need
1 plastic takeaway dinner container
Wild bird seed
1/3 pack of lard
Crush some bird peanuts in a mortar and pestle
Fill a third of the plastic container with the crushed nuts and add a handful of sultanas.
Fill to the top with bird seed.
In a frying pan, melt the lard.
Once fully melted, turn off the heat and add the seeds, nuts and sultanas from the plastic container.
Stir around making sure everything is coated with the lard.
Tip seeds etc back into the plastic container along with all the lard. Firm down with the back of a metal spoon.
Allow seed cake to cool to room temperature and then place in the fridge or outside under a cover.
Once it has fully set and is firm to the touch, either place outside, leaving in the container or turn out the seed block onto a bird table then wash and reuse the container for next time.
You can use a flower pot to contain the seed cake if you want and hang it up but I find they are only suitable for smaller birds like blue tits and the bigger birds like starlings, pigeons, jackdaws go hungry. This way everyone’s happy.