Friday, February 3rd, 2023
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Bring big birds into view this winter by using meat to attract them

A red-tailed hawk was attracted to several rib cages where bits of suet and venison remained.Jerry DavisAbout one in five households in the Midwest are engaged in some type of bird feeding at some time during the  year.  While most feeding involves feeders and some type of grain or fruit, as well as suet, there is another form of bird feeding that may be easier, cheaper and brings larger birds close enough for viewing and photographing

Many birds that overwinter in the Midwest will eat suet and meat scraps when it is offered.

The leftover deer carcass from one of the recent deer seasons makes excellent bird feed.

The main portion, the rib cage, can be hung in a tree or simply placed on the ground in a location were viewing is possible.  The carcass must be visible at all times so the birds can see it.  This could mean sweeping or shoveling snow off frequently.

Blue jays, woodpeckers, crows, hawks and even eagles may be common visitors for this food.  Of course smaller birds will come, too, including many of the regular visitors who show up at a seed feeder.

This material will attract a few mammals, too, including foxes and coyotes.  Skunks, raccoons and opossums are usually not active during the colder times of the winter.

Squirrels will come and gnaw on the bones, too.

As the weather warms, the bones should be fairly clean and can easily be disposed of in the garbage or deposited in a woods on your own land.

Attracting birds, even large birds, is easier if there are trees close by for the birds to perch in while they survey the vicinity before flying down to feed.

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