Take advantage of this beautiful season and join the fun of bird feeding. This is not only entertaining but you can also help birds survive winter. Since birds’ usual food sources are scarce during this time of the year, make this season a bit less difficult by offering them treats.
The first step in providing the birds with a small feast is choosing a bird feeder from a wide variety. You can opt for a platform or if you want something more fancy there are more elaborate-shaped ones available. The choice of feeder is dependent on the type of treats you are willing to offer and the type of birds you wish to attract.
A favorite among many birds is black oil sunflower seed and it can be given in all varieties of feeders, for example in a hanging one, on a platform or you can even spread the seeds on the ground. Hulled sunflower seeds are recommended if you want to avoid mess feeding. If you want to use the ground feeding method, millet is preferred by doves, juncos, and sparrows, which usually feed from the ground.
Want to offer the birds something a little more “gourmet”? Try suet, which is animal fat that is usually jellified into a hardened cake. You can suspend it in a cage-like feeder and it is sure to attract woodpeckers, wrens or even yellow-rumped warblers.
What should be kept in mind when feeding birds is pay attention to intruders. The gray squirrel represents an obstacle for bird feeding enthusiasts everywhere. They not only sneak in and consume large quantities of expensive seeds, but they can also frighten the birds and keep them away from the feeders. But worry not, you can keep the furry little thieves away by purchasing a squirrel-proof feeder. You can choose from a variety of models and, although quite pricy, they will make up for the expenses by holding a large quantity of seeds and not requiring constant refilling.
If you are not willing to spend on a fancy feeder, you can also use a baffle. Put a metal cone around the staff of a “shepherd’s crook” and prevent the squirrels from climbing on the pole. Make sure they have no birches or trees around where they can jump from and your birdseed is safe and available for the little winged friends to feast on.
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