Calories

Found an interesting quote on the calorific value of various bird foods. Topping the list is suet at 800 calories per 100 grams. Sunflower hearts are next at 600, then peanuts at 560, sunflower seeds at 500, Nyger seed at 480, with mealworms last at 150 calories per 100 grams. Probably explains the popularity of suet in the `blackbird’ mix we put out and of sunflower hearts in general. However, its worth noting that mealworms, even though low in calories are high in protein, and protein rich foods become increasingly important in the breeding season and at times of moult.

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    In this blog we'll describe the day to day comings and goings of the birds in our Devon garden.
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    Tony is a naturalist and environmental artist. Laura is a free range creative web and print designer. We've recently moved from the village of Ipplepen to the town of Newton Abbot with our two children Ralph and Oli, our dog Henry, and numerous cats (none of whom would ever dream of eating birds).
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