Attracting birds in the winter can be easier than any other time of year. Why You ask? Well Birds NEED our food sources in order to stay alive. You see, birds can burn off nearly half of their body weight just staying alive in below freezing temps. It’s food that enables them to generate heat as fast as the weather sucks it away! If they can’t find insects, nuts and seeds naturally they count on us to provide it. Foods high in oil and fat, like suet, peanuts, black oil sunflower seeds, NutraSaff aka Golden Safflower and Nyjer are great choices. Offering water in a heated birdbath is another excellent choice in attracting birds to your yard. Especially birds that may not be attracted to your food such as Cedar Waxwings and Bluebirds.
Some things to consider
- Clean Feeders and Birdbaths regularly to stop mold and bacteria that could spread diseases
- Place bird feeders in areas where they are safe from hawks, such as near evergreens, or brush piles they can quickly escape to.
- Keep cats indoors
- Use window alert clings to prevent birds from window collisions
- Offer a variety of foods to attract the greatest number of bird species at your feeding station.
Birds You Can Expect to See This Winter
Common—Goldfinches, Chickadees, White breasted nuthatches, Cardinals, Doves, House Finches, All Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Titmouse, Sparrows
Especially in Winter—Dark Eyed Juncos, Pine Siskins, Red Breasted Nuthatches, Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, Common Redpoll, Waxwings, Bluebirds
If there is a particular bird you would like to attract then just ask us here at For The Wild Birds we are your Backyard Bird Specialists. We believe if you feed them they will come.
“The best thing I saw at my feeder this month was up to 6 bluebirds showed up to drink from my heated birdbath, 4 females and 2 males. I had bluebirds for the first time this last spring, but I had no idea they would stay around for the winter. Once I saw them I immediately put out live mealworms for them to eat. Now I see them about every 3 or 4 days. So exciting. For those of you who are wondering I live in the 92nd and Platteview area. I guess it’s known for its bluebirds. That’s it for this month. See ya Next month. Happy Birding!!” – Crinda