Add Life To Your Garden By Attracting Birds In The Winter

Winter can be gray, dull and down-right depressing at times. The lifeless landscape causes us to yearn for springtime, which can seem like forever in the future. One way to break the monotony is to attract birds to the winter landscape. Watching birds flirt around can brighten anyone’s day and they are easier to attract than one may think.

Provide Food

This may seem like the most obvious of things to do to attract birds, but there are a few rules to follow.

Buy high quality and varied seeds. Just like us humans, birds like to eat well. They prefer good quality seeds. Each species of birds has preference as to what kinds of seeds they seek out. Providing a variety of seeds will help attract a variety of birds. Also, put out suet cakes to attract additional species such as woodpeckers, cardinals and nuthatches.

Keep your feeders fully stocked. If the feeder is empty too long, birds will move on to find other sources of food. It is also important to clean the bird feeder periodically.

Prevent Squirrel Marauders

It’s not that we have nothing against squirrels. They are cute and fun to watch also, but they tend to pig out on bird seed. Using a squirrel proof feeder will help assure that birds get the food and not squirrels.  Using a bird feeder on a free-standing bird feeder pole is one strategy that works. Also, be sure to locate the feeder at least 10 feet from any tree trunks and branches. Squirrels have great leaping ability.

Provide Shelter

Putting up a few (or many) birdhouses will give birds a place to rest and hide from rough weather. As winter becomes spring, birds will also need a place to lay eggs and raise their young. It is a lot of fun, and a great lesson for children, to watch as a young bird family grows.

Another way to provide shelter and protection is to create leaf and twig piles near the bird feeders. These will provide emergency protection should a predator come near.

Fill The Bird Bath

Birds, and all animals for that matter, still need water even in the winter. Providing a source of water is one way to keep birds coming back to your garden. Consider purchasing a bird bath heater to keep the water from freezing. They are inexpensive and easy to operate.

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