Winter Bird Feeders
Bird watching is a great pastime in the winter! Are you feeding the birds this winter season? Here are some top foods for your feeder (according to Farmer’s Almanac) and the birds they will attract!
Suet – Plain or mixed with other foods like seed, insects, nuts, or fruit…every variety will be enjoyed by winter birds, especially woodpeckers, nuthatches, wrens, chickadees, jays, & cardinals.
Hulled Sunflower Seed – Not only is sunflower seed high in fat and calories, but without shells, it is easier for birds to eat, and there won’t be messy hulls underneath feeders. Wrens, finches, cardinals, nuthatches, jays, and plenty of other winter visitors will enjoy this seed.
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds – Always a good choice; and while birds will have to work to open each seed and those hulls can build up under feeders, the hulls will also protect seeds from snow and ice so they don’t clump together or spoil as quickly. All sorts of birds enjoy black oil sunflower seeds; including cardinals, chickadees, finches, wrens, jays, and more.
Cracked Corn – Though not the most nutritious food, cracked corn is a rich source of carbohydrates that can give birds good energy. Good to throw on the ground or in low feeders for birds with big appetites, such as pheasants, doves, and ducks, and at my place; the crows like it too!
And one I’ve never heard of…Bark Butter. A softer, spreadable form of suet, bark butter can be smeared directly on a tree for an instant feeding station. This is a great option to offer birds that climb along tree trunks, like woodpeckers, nuthatches, and other clinging birds like chickadees.
For more; check out the full article from Farmer’s Almanac here!