What A Wonderful Way To Enjoy The Beauty Of Winter And Birds At The Same Time
Winter is a wonderful season to attract birds, and in fact, the season can be easier than any other time of the year if you understand what our feathered friends need for survival in the coldest months.
Freezing temperatures, scarce food, and severe storms make winter a harsh environment for birds, and many birds die in winter. Backyard birders can help ensure that birds will visit and tend to their needs at the same time.
Putting out food is the easiest way to attract a diverse flock in any season. Keeping the feeders full of the best winter feed mix will provide birds with extra energy and calories to survive the harshest weather. Foods high in fat and oils, such as peanuts, suet, peanut butter, Nyjer, and sunflower seeds are popular choices. At the same time, it’s best to tailor the backyard offerings to the winter flock most likely to visit. For instance, hummingbirds will need fresh nectar if they winter over in your yard.
Ice and snow offer frozen water to birds, and they can use it. However, fresh water will easily attract birds in winter. Some bird baths have heaters, and adding one to your yard will result in many birds stopping by. You can choose a full heater bath or an attachment that works with your existing bird bath, and the water should remain fluid despite freezing temperatures. The water should be kept fresh each day to prevent spreading illness.
Adding shelter from the harshest environmental elements will also attract many birds and keep them safe and comfortable. Nesting pockets, bird roost boxes, and other types of winter shelters will help protect small birds from freezing winds and subfreezing temperatures. Situate the shelters away from heavy snowfall or northern winds. You may also consider providing winter nesting materials the birds can use as insulation. For a more natural roost, you can plant evergreen shrubs and trees that provide protection throughout the year.
Keeping Birds Safe
Backyard birds can face higher desperation in the lean months of winter, and their predators will face that desperation too making them even fiercer predators. Illnesses can also negatively impact weaker winter flocks, so cleaning the bird baths and feeders regularly to prevent bacteria or mold will also keep the birds safer.
You can also follow these safety tips:
Situate feeders to protect the birds from predators like hawks. You can also position the feeders by brush or other plants that will provide quick shelter.
Keep house cats indoors and implement steps to discourage feral or stray cats from entering your yard. Paw prints are a prime tell-tale if predators are visiting.
Other Quick Tips
Start earlier in the autumn months to attract birds who will learn that it is a haven long before the difficult winter months.
Plant bird-friendly landscaping such as evergreen bushes and trees for year-round shelter. You can also grow plants with fruit that will offer a natural food source.
Offer a wide variety of bird feed to attract a highly diverse group of birds.
By offering feed and other materials to provide for the bird’s most basic requirements will help attract birds to your back and front yards during winter so you can enjoy their sights and sounds even during the harshest winter weather.
We hope that you enjoyed this information on wild birds. If you don’t have a bird feeder to enjoy the beauty in the midst of our chilly weather, now might be the time to get one as backyard birding can be an exhilarating hobby throughout the winter, with birdsong and backyard visits to brighten the coldest, darkest days of the season.
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