Friday, October 12, 2012

Winter Bird Feeding

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Winter is a great time to watch and observe birds.  As you know many birds don't migrate, but they will move to a location where sources of food are available.  Putting out bird feeders benefits us and birds alike.

Once you start feeding the birds, it is vital that you not stop.  The birds are now dependant on the food sources you're providing.

Depending on the birds that frequent your feeders will with a little homework dictate what food sources are best for your feathered guests.

Don't be discouraged if you don't see a lot of bird traffic in the beginning.  It may take the birds a little time to discover your bird buffet.

At our home, we put out Black Oil Sunflower Seeds, Peanuts, Safflower and Suet.  We also have a heated bird bath.

DOL-3316Here's a link to tbe Bird Notes Newsletter titled: Winter Bird Feeding from Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

When it comes to selecting feeders, you will be amazed at the selection available.  You want to ensure the feeder(s) you select are designed to dispense the food/seed selected for the birds in your area.  Take into consideration feeder size, location of the feeder and quality.  Some are built to last a very long time and others may last one or two feeding seasons.

I recommend that you rely on word of mouth.  Birders are a proud bunch of people and will be more than happy to share their knowledge and experience in what works for them.  Also consider the specialty shops that sell just about everything there is for birds.  They're another source for great information.

Wild Birds Unlimited nature shops are a chain and can be found throughout North America.  There are also a number of independent retailers dedicated in providing a variety of birding products and great service such as: A Place to Perch and the The Bird House.


15 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful post, Daniel! Winter is so much nicer if you have birds frequenting your yard...and feeders make sure birds visit often. :)

Crafty Gardener said...

We are getting more birds returning to the feeders. The juncos arrived a few days ago. Glad you mentioned those 2 lovely local birding stores, both of which have an amazing variety of feeders and bird accessories.

Buttons said...

This is a great post Daniel I love watching the birds. B

Tammy said...

It sounds like you take good care of your back yard friends.

I love winter bird watching too.

Julie G. said...

I believe the birds that visit your backyard over the winter are very lucky. We try to take care of our feathered friends too over the winter months. Terrific photographs and information in this post, Daniel!

Sharon M said...

At this time of year, I find that if I put out full feeders in the morning, I often have to refill them by afternoon. It's a jungle out there!

Marina Linhares said...

Wonderful record. Good job on this.

DeniseinVA said...

Great post Daniel, I enjoyed reading all this useful information and have had fun looking at the links you provided. Thank you and have a great weekend :)

Stephen Hayes said...

You're right about not stopping. These poor birds get accustomed to being fed and when the food is no longer forthcoming it's nearly impossible for them to survive.

Betsy Brock said...

I have read that about not stopping, too! They become dependent on us! Which reminds me, I need to fill our feeder! :)

Brian King said...

Great shots of the chickadee! It's about time to put out the feeders here.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - thats good advice about not stopping feeding once you start. You can tell its a different country when people have heated bird baths!

Stewart M - Australia

PS: gald to see Abbott's reputation has reached Canada

Terri Buster said...

Nice shots- and good information about the feeders.

eileeninmd said...

Great post, Daniel! I love watching the feeder birds from my windows.

Lisa Gordon said...

We always feed our birds throughout the winter. After a snowstorm, the path to fill their feeders actually gets cleared before our driveway!