Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kitchen Scraps

Did you know that leftovers are a great cheap source of bird food? Most kitchen scraps are filled with carbohydrates and fats that help birds build body fat. This body fat is necessary for survival, nesting and migration. Just make sure you put your scraps in scrap baskets or platform feeders. This helps keep scavengers such as rats, raccoons and skunks out of reach.

Some kitchen scraps birds really enjoy are bread crumbs, crusts, broken cookies, stale cake, stale cheese and even donuts. Starchy foods such as baked potato with the skins on, cooked spaghetti and rice help build body fat. Don't leave out bananas, grapes, apples and pears, walnuts, almonds and even fresh coconut.

 A variety of foods will attract a wide range of birds for you to watch and enjoy.