If you are a wild bird lover like me, you want to see your feathered friends all year-round. I enjoy sipping on a cup of cocoa on chilly winter days and gazing out the window at blue jays playing in the snow. While most wildlife can adjust to the changes in weather and climate on their own, taking a few easy steps can ensure birds are visiting your yard through all four seasons. Here’s to months of bird watching!
Winter – Burrr!
In the winter, insects are rare which are a normal food for birds. Be sure to provide them with a variety of seed during these brisk months. Suet cakes are a great source of energy and keeps them warm. Hang your feeding areas at various heights and locations in your yard. Mine is near the window for easy sight-seeing. For water, use a bath de-icer to prevent freezing.
Spring is a great time for cleaning feeders and houses. Spring is also nesting and mating time for most birds so feel free to leave debris, leaves and dirt in some areas to help them build their homes in your backyard. If you have a bird bath heater, put it away the sun is coming out soon and will be a natural warming source for birds.
The Days of Summer
Most birds are flying solo in these months and able to take care of themselves for necessities such as food and water. Some benefits of feeders in these months are for parents feeding their little babies and birds that are at their bright and beautiful mating colors. Hummingbird feeder are very cool during this time as well! For water, just ensure you fill your bird bath regularly as the heat starts to pick up.
Fall – The best birdie buffet
Birds during the autumn season are looking for an all-you-can-eat buffet. They are stuffing their little bellies in preparation for the cold winter season. Show them the best feast in town with a variety of bird feeders and wild bird seed and they’ll return when the snow starts to fall.
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