Now is the time to keep the birds happy and healthy throughout the cold winter months. Find out the best ways to keep your feathered friends happy this winter!
When choosing a bird feeder, keep in mind there are several styles meant for specific birds and bird feed.
This type of feeder can attract many types of birds including finches, jays, cardinals, sparrows, chickadees, titmice, grosbeaks, and buntings. Be careful! This bird feeder also attracts squirrels. If you don’t want squirrels hogging all of the bird seed, make sure to get one with a flap that closes when too much weight is applied, or place on a post with a squirrel guard below the feeder. This feeder protects the seeds from the weather fairly well, but if the seeds do get wet bacteria and fungus can thrive.
Tube feeders can attract many small birds, and it all depends on the location of the perch. Perches under the feed port attract sparrows, chickadees, titmice, finches, and grosbeaks. If the perch is above the feed port, the feeder will attract birds that can hang upside down such as goldfinches and chickadees. Make sure to check the size of the feed port to make sure your seeds will fit.
Suet feeders attract a variety of birds including woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice, jays, chickadees and starlings. Usually constructed of wire, these feeders can be tied to a tree trunk, suspended, or affixed to a house feeder.
Bird Feeder Care
If the bird seed gets wet, make sure to remove it from the area. Moldy seed can cause birds to become sick. Also, if the feeder collects bird droppings, make sure to clean it out every week or two, depending on bird traffic. Make sure to empty out old seed before filling with new seed.