One of the biggest misconceptions about birding is that there are fewer birds around in the fall and winter because most of them fly south. However, colder months can actually be some of the most active for backyard birding. The species you’ll see during the winter depends on location, climate and any natural habitats in the area. Make sure to prepare your yard to meet the needs of your feathered friends this fall and winter.
- Keep Feeders Full –
Providing food is one of the best ways to attract birds to your yard and also helps the birds survive the colder months. Make sure feed is easily accessible and visible and offer a few different types of food.
- Provide Shelter –
Bird houses can be left out year-round and provide much needed shelter in the fall and winter. Make sure to clean your bird houses at the end of each nesting season.
- Provide Water –
Yards that offer fresh, clean water will attract more birds. Placing baths in a sunny area will help keep the water as warm as possible and will be more visible to birds as well. You can also add stones and twigs on top to act as perches to allow birds to stay out of the low-temperature water as much as possible.
Black oil sunflower seed is an all-around favorite that helps attract more than 30 species of birds, including cardinals, finches, and chickadees. Mesh feeders are perfect to use with sunflower feed.
Suet, a rendered beef fat, is a great wintertime alternative for insect eaters, such as woodpeckers, jays, and warblers.
White millet is another option that appeals to cardinals and finches. It attracts less common varieties, like quail and tanagers.
Nyger seeds help attract finches, as well as pine siskins and juncos. The seeds contain 40 percent oil, which provides much-needed energy during the cold months.
Our hanging feeders are very versatile and great to use with any type of feed.