Attracting Wild Birds in Winter

 

Attracting Wild Birds in Winter

Winter is a great season for attracting birds, and attracting birds in winter can be easier than in any other season if you provide the food, water and shelter the birds need to survive the coldest months.

Offer the best winter bird foods 

The best foods to offer your birds in the colder winter weather are those that have a high fat or oil content to provide enough energy for winter survival. Feeding the birds in winter can be a great way to attract and enjoy them in your own backyard Offer the best winter bird foods and you will see a greater variety of birds visiting your feeders even on the coldest days. While you want to be sure to offer the foods that your specific backyard birds like best, these top nutritious foods are excellent choices for many of the most common winter birds.Nutritious winter foods for birds include:

  1. Black Oil Sunflower Seeds will attract a wide range of hungry birds and can be offered in platform, tube or hopper feeders as well as sprinkled on the ground or a table or railing.

  2. Suet is one of the best foods to offer birds. it is superb winter food. It is also available in many blends with different ingredients to tempt different species of birds. 

  3. Peanuts are a high calorie, fat-rich nut that appeals to many backyard birds, including chickadees, jays, titmice and nuthatches. They are perfect for winter feeding because the nuts don’t freeze, whether you offer whole or shelled peanuts. 
  4. Nyjer or thistle seed is a favorite food of winter finches such as pine siskins and goldfinches. This is another oily seed that offers a lot of calories, that helps birds store the fat they need to keep warm through the season. 
  5. . Fruit. An offering of chopped apples, orange wedges, banana slices, halved grapes and melon rinds on platform feeders, spikes or nailed to trees or you might try stringing a garland with cranberries or other fruit a for a festive seasonal feeder.
  6. Millet is often a major component of many different commercially offered birdseed mixes. Millet is a favorite food of many small ground-feeding birds, particularly juncos and other types of sparrows as well as many doves. This starchy grain is inexpensive and can be easily offered in hopper, tube or platform birdfeeders. Sprinkling it on the ground will attract even more small birds.
  7. Seed Mixes can provide convenient and economical winter feeding. Choose a mix that features large proportions of sunflower seeds and millet and avoid mixes with large amounts of unappetizing fillers such as wheat, millet and corn. Mixes may also include nuts and nut pieces birds will enjoy. 

Offer A source of unfrozen, fresh water.

Adding a wild bird bath to your backyard habitat will not only add a touch of tranquility but will increase your chance of attracting and retaining more wild birds.  Birds require a fresh, consistent supply of clean water for both drinking and bathing. Natural water sources are not always available, even in the wettest of regions. Wild birds often suffer more for lack of water than lack of food. A source of unfrozen, fresh water is important to their very survival. You can help wild birds while adding to the aesthetics of your yard by adding a birdbath.

Supply cozy Safe Shelter

A cozy place to roost during will keep your backyard birds safe and comfortable even in the worst weather. Bird roost boxes, nesting pockets and other winter bird shelters are essential to protect small birds from frigid breezes and dropping temperatures. For even more protection, place these winter shelters out of the way of northern winds or heavy snowfall, and offer birds a source of winter nesting material to use as insulation. For more natural shelter, plant evergreen trees and shrubs that will offer protection to birds throughout the winter.