During the winter time it can be hard for birds to find the food they need to survive in many areas of the country. Most birds live off of insects. However, in the colder months insects are hard to impossible for the birds to find. That is why it is essential for us humans to help them out by giving them food during the winter season, especially during those cold and snowy days. Here are some tips on how we can do this in a proper manner:
Start with a feeder
There are many types of feeders you can choose, such as: trays, hopper, tubes and suet feeders. Each type will attract different types of birds.
Ground feeders can attract sparrows, mourning doves, and pheasants. Platform hoppers are known to attract cardinals, wrens, and chickadees. Hanging bird feeders also attract chickadees and finches.
If you wish to attract a variety of birds, you may to have a variety of feeders.
Fill your feeder up with food
Birdseed can come in a variety of hulled seeds such as sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds are one of the most popular seeds to buy because a variety of birds will eat this type of seed. Oil sunflower seeds will give the birds twice the amount of calories than the striped variety. The oil sunflower seeds are also smaller. This type of seed will make less mess, which most humans will prefer. Suets can also satisfy a variety of birds, yet these can be messy.
Where to hang your new bird feeder
Of course, you want to pick a location in which your birds will like. This includes the trees. But you might want to consider locations that are the best for you to view the feeders and the birds as they are eating. You also want a safe location for the birds. For this reason, don’t put your feeder too close to your windows or if the birds become startled they may actually hurt themselves on the glass. An ideal place would be two to three feet away from your windows. Then you can have a good view and the birds will still be a safe distance from the glass.
When choosing a location, you should consider the amount of wind the feeder will get. Remember the winter winds can be cold. This is why it may be ideal to place the feeder near a row of trees, in a bush, or at the south corner of your home.
Finally, consider safety when choosing the location of the feeder. You want it out of the way of any potential predators that could harm the birds.
Remember to clean your feeders
Feeders should be cleaned every week or two. Use hot water with soap. If you don’t clean your feeders properly the seeds will become moldy and will begin to decompose. This can make the birds sick if they eat them.
After cleaning the feeder, allow it to dry before adding fresh seed.
If you follow the above steps you can have a nice bird feeder that will both you and the wild birds can enjoy.