Help out your feathered friends with winter bird feeding.
As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, winter is definitely on its way. While some birds fly south, some stick around for the colder months. These birds may change their eating habits, opting for berries over bugs. Birds need a reliable food source to keep their metabolism going in the cold days of winter. Water can also be hard to find when water sources start freezing over. That’s where you can step in and help our feathered friends with winter bird feeding. By providing birds with food and water in the winter, they’ll get to eat and you can watch all the pretty winter birds, like cardinals and chickadees.
Food & Feeders for Winter Bird Feeding
You can use different types of feeders to attract different types of birds. Ground feeders will attract sparrows and mourning doves. Platform feeders work well if you want to attract cardinals, chickadees, titmice and blue jays. If you use a hanging feeder, expect to see chickadees, nuthatches and finches.
As far as seed, you have a few options. Black oil sunflower seeds are a great choice. They have a high fat and protein content, perfect for birds trying to bulk up and stay warm. Suet is another good choice, as its loaded with calories to keep the birds warm. Suet cages keep the feed secure and give the birds something to hang onto when they’re eating.
You’ll also need to consider squirrel-proofing your bird feeders. You can use a squirrel baffle or even buy a squirrel-proof bird feeder. You can also read through our squirrel-proofing article for more tips on keeping pesky squirrels away.
Winter Bird Baths
When natural water sources start to freeze over, birds will need your help. With a bird bath, they can have a water source right next to the bird seed. To keep the water from freezing over, you have a few options. There are heated bird baths that keep the water from freezing. There are also birdbath de-icers, which are used in non-heated bird baths.
Feeding birds in the winter gives birds an easy food source. Plus, it’s a great way to get in some backyard bird watching. For more tips on attracting birds to your yard, visit our wild bird care blog.