Here are some of my favorite tips to keep you (and your backyard birds) happy all year long – especially during those cold, bitter months of winter!
Having a wide variety of bird feeders available will attract many different types of birds. I found that having a cover (like a squirrel baffle) on the bird feeders helps to shelter birds from the weather and gives them a dry place to perch.
Placing your bird feeders near the tree line and out of strong winds will help keep your seed inside the bird feeder AND provide shelter while the birds are trying to eat.
Seeds are the mainstay of bird feeding during the winter months. Seed that are high in oil and fat are the most desired by birds because it provides them with energy. The best types of seed/food for winter feeding includes:
- Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (be sure to get the ones without sticks in the bag, if possible)
- Shelled peanuts
- Peanut Butter
- White Millet
- Suet with Black Oil Seeds and/or Fruit
More Winter Feeding Tips:
- Keep your feeders and platforms clean – especially after each storm so birds can easily access without mess
- Supplement suet and seeds with dried fruit and berries as a treat and natural source of food that is scarce in the winter
- Provide a heated birdbath or regularly clean out the ice/snow from the birdbath so birds have clean water.
Do you have any other winter bird feeding tips you would like to share? We would love to have your comments/feedback below 🙂