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("How to Prepare for Winter Bird Feeding in 8 Steps.")
How to prepare for winter bird feeding in 8 steps will answer that question as you setup your backyard with these helpful tips.
At least not all of it:
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It would be so convenient if there was “one-seed-fits-all-birds”, but there isn’t.
Black-oil sunflower seed is close though. This nutritious oily seed is enjoyed and loved by many wild birds.
Including Blackbirds, Starlings and Jays. Now the Jays are beautiful birds and you will likely want to see them from time to time.
But if you place your black-oil sunflower in a chalet, hopper or fly-thru/platform/table feeder you may have these birds visiting often and likely until your feeder is empty.
Plus, if you were to only use one type of seed or even mixed seed in the type of feeders mentioned above you would miss out on attracting and enjoying some unique and interesting birds.
Many researchers including the Cornell Labratory of Ornithology have discovered that using a mixed seed blend will likely result in a good deal of waste.
Many birds may eat different types of seed but often black-oil sunflower seed is a favourite.
This results in a lot of "shovelling" of the least liked seed onto the ground until a black-oil sunflower seed is found.
I have also experienced Woodpeckers hanging onto my hopper style feeder pushing all the seed over the edge with their large beak until a peanut is discovered.
Then gobbling this delightful morsel and returning again to discard all the other seeds until another peanut is found.
If times were tough with natural food sources being scarce and the offering was only a mixed seed without peanuts they may be grateful to accept the other seed.
But this is only a guess, I haven't had that particular situation arise to test the theory out.
As a result of watching this behaviour in my early days of bird feeding, I now only offer mixed seed in a cake when it is held together usually by gelatin.
All other feeders in my yard offer one type of food. This results in far less waste and happy grazing by my birdlife.
So what are the five best (but not only winter foods) for winter bird feeding from.
How to prepare for winter bird feeding in 8 steps
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Some types of bird food in the list above require special feeders, let’s sort this out.
Another problem with the 2 feeders above is as mentioned earlier, they can attract the “bully” type birds, making it very difficult for the smaller birds to feed in peace.
If you only fill your hopper style feeders with black-oil sunflower and use the table style feeders for mixed seed, corn and scraps, then more peace will reign in your backyard.
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What do birds do to stay warm during the long nights of winter?
The days are short and usually a little warmer especially if the sun is shining.
Wild birds will be busy during these shortened hours of daylight filling up with as much food as they can.
The amount and type of food they eat all day will be an important factor in how well they survive during the longer winter night hours.
The second necessary element they need to survive the freezing nights after eating high energy food is a sheltered place to spend the dark hours until sunlight returns.
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Heated bird baths provide accessible water during freezing temperatures. This is well appreciated because:
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When placing your bird feeders, heated bird baths and roosting accommodations in your outdoor space here are some things to consider.
Think about their accessibility for maintaining them, refilling and cleaning:
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The last thing you want to see when you look out your window is parts of your bird feeder swaying in the wind and the rest on the ground in a pile of bird seed.
Maintaining bird feeders properly in winter is also very important.
Cleanliness is necessary for wild birds survival.
We have lured them in with our offerings and where many birds hang out so does bacteria abound with disease following in short order.
Fortunately, it is less concerning during cold temperatures, but wild birds can still pick-up disease in winter.
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Preparing for good winter bird feeding means planning ahead. In spring consider native trees, shrubs and plants which feed birds with their many different parts.
A large or small tree or plants that produce fruits, seeds, catkins, buds, or other plant parts that grow food birds will eat.
These natural sources of food may often remain available well into the cold months of winter and even into spring.
How to prepare for winter bird feeding in 8 steps will help you plan changes to your outdoor space to make your bird watching more enjoyable.
"How to Prepare for Winter Bird Feeding in 8 Steps."