Fall means shorter days, longer nights, cooler temperatures, falling leaves, migrating birds, and that winter is around the corner. Once temperatures drop to about 50 degrees, I start to make and put out suet for the birds.
For the birds that migrate to warmer climates, suet helps these birds to fuel up prior to the start of their journey. For others that are passing through, it can provide a much needed pit stop for refueling!
Birds have a high metabolism to begin with, requiring a lot of energy. They get that energy from their food. During the colder months, more energy is burned off to maintain body heat. The harshness of winter and lack of food, results in a depletion of energy reserves and a weaken immune system. This can lead to disease and eventually death.
Suet is high in protein and calories, making it a good food source and providing much needed energy for our feathered friends!