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!

Woodpecker On SuetIn 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 Cleaning

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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About The Author John Flynn

John is the Live Deliveries Manager at Petsolutions, and has 20 years of experience working in the pet care industry specializing in live fish, plants, corals, and reptiles. Outside of PetSolutions, John enjoys photography as well as outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.

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  • Thanks for the great post, John. With fall and winter right around the corner, it’s time for us to begin thinking about feeding the birdies in the field behind our house.

    One question for you… we have had situations in the past where a certain breed of browntail Hawk will stalk our bird feeder waiting for the little birds to come for a snack. At this time they swoop in, catch the birds and then devour them in our backyard – which makes eating your dinner a little tough at times. Do you have any advice for discouraging the Hawks from using your birdfeeder as “their birdfeeder”??

  • Hi Tom, your problem with the hawk is not an uncommon one, as hawks find an area for easy prey and stick around. Keeping a hawk away is a pretty big challenge, but there are a couple of things to help at least limit its ability to take your small song birds. The first method, and the one most often employed since it is the least intrusive, is to string up fishing line where possible over the top of where your feeding area is. Hawks need a long run to swoop in and take out its prey, and they will not be able to navigate around the fishing line easily. Your small songbirds will have no issue seeing the fishing line and maneuvering around it to get to their feeders. Hawk wingspans can be 2 to 4 feet, so a line every couple of feet over your feeding area should do the trick. A second method which is partially effective as a deterrent, is to hang strings of CD’s or other reflective materials up around the yard and feeding area. Hawks do not like the reflection of the sun, it tends to scare them. Reflective pinwheels can also be set up on stakes in the yard, they will blow in the wind and reflect the sun as well. The reflective material/pinwheel solutions may have a downside though, they may also scare away the song birds you are trying to protect.

  • @ John – thanks for the tips. I had never heard of either of those methods before. We may be able to break out the bird feeder again this year with the addition of only a little fishing line! Thanks for your help, John.

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