Backyard Birding

Everything you Need to Attract Birds in Any Season

We are fully stocked with all the necessities to successfully attract and feed birds of many varieties in any season! We have the choicest food options, most attractive shelters and  all the accessories to help create a backyard habitat that is both functional and entertaining. 

Winter Birding Tips

In our area, winter can be a difficult time for birds. The days are short, and nights are often cold and long. The natural food supply has been consumed and water may be hard to find. In addition, finding shelter becomes more difficult and birds may seek man made houses or habitats that can provide refuge from winter temperatures and weather.

Food
During this season, birders should change out the type of food in their feeders and provide high calorie/high fat food to elevate metabolism and keep the birds warm.

  • Feeders should be located out of the wind and positioned near cover but in the open to allow birds to watch for danger.
  • Offer supplemental food when natural food sources begin to be depleted.
  • Black oil sunflower is a great overall seed to offer in the winter. Black oil sunflower has twice the calories per pound than striped sunflower and its smaller shells make less mess when discarded by the birds!
  • Suet is another great choice–its high energy, pure fat substance is invaluable when insects are harder to find.

Water
Birds still need a source for water in the winter! You can help by providing an open source of water for them.

  • Bird baths can be heated to help prevent the whole bath from freezing.
  • It’s a good idea to cover ceramic bird baths to keep the water out in the winter–if you don’t have a bath with built-in heater, put out a plastic dish with an added heater.
  • Check with our Garden Supply staff for recommendations on the right type of heater for your birdbath.

Shelter
As shelter becomes harder to come by, you can do a lot to help get our feathered friends through the season. Roosting places aid birds seeking cover from the elements as well as protection from natural predators and cats!

  • Evergreen trees and shrubs can act as shelter for the birds, however roosting houses are the safest source of protection during winter storms.
  • Remember to clean out old nests from houses to help reduce the possibility of parasitic bugs surviving the winter.

 

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