|Winter Bird Feeding for Beginners|
|Written by Ashely Adams|
|Monday, 16 December 2013 18:54|
Nothing livens up the dreary gray-white winter landscape like the splashes of colors provided by winter birds. Cardinals, blue jays, and goldfinches brighten up any yard with their plumage. Not to be outdone, chickadees, sparrows, and woodpeckers make up for what they lack in color by their seemingly endless energy. With the right care, you can enjoy all these birds and more from the comfort of your windows.
The shape and location of a feeder can affect the birds that visit your home. Ground feeders are great for gamebirds, sparrows, and doves. Platform, hopper feeders, and hanging feeders attract many different types of songbirds such as cardinals, finches, titmice, and chickadees.
For food sources, you can’t go wrong with black oil sunflower seeds. Many birds love these seeds. Not interested in the shell mess left behind? There’s shelled sunflowers you can purchase as well. Nyjer (or thistle) seeds are beloved by finches. Another popular option is suet, a cake of hard fat with seeds and dried fruits mixed in. Insect eating birds, such as woodpeckers, enjoy this food source.
Northern Cardinals are a winter favorite! (Photo Credit: Larry Burdick)
There are other ways to make your background more hospitable to winter birds. Birds will enjoy heated water dishes for drinking. Putting feeders near trees provides shelter from the elements. Certain trees, such as fruit bearing trees, can even act as natural feeders. You may also consider putting up roost boxes to provide cover for your feeder birds and even a safe place to hide from predators.
Looking for new feeders? Don’t forget about the Sanctuary Bookstore, which carries locally made Stovall Products feeders and bird houses!