A wild bird feeder in the winter season can bring the birds closer to your window for watching at the same time as being a fantastic supply of supplemental food for the birds.
Ever hear the expression “eat like a bird”? Its pretty misleading as birds actually eat lots, up to their own body weight in a day. In the winter time specifically they have to eat a lot to keep their energy up and their stamina high to keep warm.
A Wild Bird Feeder for Winter Weather Bird Feeding
Birds have to have food high in energy rich foods in the winter and that is exactly where you come in. Keeping your wild bird feeder stocked with these foods brings the birds to your feeders where you’ll be able to sit back and watch them close up.
Fill feeders with foods such as black oil sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, suet cakes, peanuts and Nyger (thistle) seed. Bags of mixed seed are normally a waste. They have a lot of filler in them that the birds will not eat that just gets scattered around. The more costly feed that you know the birds will eat is really less costly and much less wasteful in the long term.
What To Feed The Birds?
Don’t be concerned that by feeding the birds in the cold weather you are making them dependent on you and they won’t forage for themselves. That’s a fallacy.
That you are offering extra food that is straightforward to get for the birds during the cold months when natural food is in short supply. Given the option between sunflower seeds and a nice fat worm or berries, the bird prefers the worm or berries.
A different point you can do to encourage birds to check out your wild bird feeder in the the winter season is to position the feeders in a sheltered location out of the wind. Moving the feeder closer to the house can supply some of that shelter and provide you with a close up view.
If you’re concerned about the birds flying in to your windows you can find clings you may place on your windows that only the birds can see cautioning them that there’s an obstacle there. Also with the feeder closer to the house the birds don’t build up high speeds resulting in hazardous crashes.
The Fun In Winter Weather Bird Feeding
Be confident that there is shelter near the feeders for the birds to get out of the wind and to guard them from predators. Evergreen trees and shrubs or a brush pile are excellent choices. Wild bird feeding stations will need to be 10 feet away from the nearest shrubbery. This way the birds can observe the feeding location for predators from the shrubbery and feel safer at the feeder.
These are just a few of the things you can do to encourage the birds to go to your wild bird feeder this the winter months and get many hours of enjoyment watching them up close.