There was a hermit thrush in my yard yesterday during the snowfall. It looked pretty wasted as it foraged for food in small area of snow-free ground up against my house - shivering strongly. I was pretty sure that it would not last the night when temps were dropping to the mid-teens. However, on an off chance I got one of the suet blocks that were left over from the winter feeding season and ground it up on a cheese grater into fine crumbs. I then scattered it in the area that the hermit was feeding in and almost immediately the bird began eating it. This morning the bird is still alive, pecking at the suet and looking fat and happy. Since the temps are set to moderate over the next couple of days, it may just make it through. So, remember the grated suet tip in similar situations.
Hector Galbraith, PhD
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