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Suet is Chicken Soup for Winter Birds

Chickadees and other seed eating birds will use suet feeders in winter
Chickadees and other seed eating birds will use suet feeders in winter
Brad Sylvester

When the winter snows and winds come howling through New Hampshire, there's nothing like a bit of hot chocolate or some good old fashioned home-made chicken soup to warm the body and the soul- for people, at least. Birds, too, may need a little extra boost to keep warm during severe weather.

Staying warm for birds means burning extra calories, but when heavy snow falls, natural food sources may be covered and difficult to access. Easy access to food from bird feeders can make a huge difference for many birds.

While many backyard bird enthusiasts have seed feeders, we generally think of suet feeders as suitable only for woodpeckers, nuthatches, blue jays and a few other species. During severe winter weather, however, suet can be an important source of high calorie food for a variety of species that normally focus their feeder activity on seed.

Tufted titmice, chickadees and a number of other small birds that stay in New Hampshire during the winter will take advantage of suet feeders during the coldest or snowiest winter days. Even if you don't have woodpeckers, adding a suet feeder to your backyard bird feeding station during the winter months can make a huge difference for your birds and give you a chance to watch them exhibiting feeding behaviors that you might not ordinarily see.