We ALL have birds that occasionally visit our yards. Songbirds, Woodpeckers, Birds of Prey…they all pass through from time to time. Some will stick around longer than others depending on what your yard has to offer.
When we receive mounds of snow (like we have recently), all of these birds (with the exception of maybe the woodpeckers and the birds of prey) will have a VERY tough time finding food. It is very helpful to supply them with supplement through these harsh times. Suburban Lawn & Garden carries a variety of foods, each designated for a specific type of bird. For example, Cardinals will LOVE you for setting out a mix that contains Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. If you don’t know which types of birds you have, you can use a general mix which should contain a bit of something for all of them. We do think highly of Wild Delight around here…their food is a very nice quality and they present a wide assortment of mixes.
Some of you may be thinking, how are these “seed-eating” birds going to help my garden? The majority of birds (even those that eat seeds) will feed insects to their young. They are softer, pack more of a protein punch AND in the Spring and Summer, they are much more plentiful than seeds are. So, if you attract all types of birds, they will reward you greatly! Even hummingbirds eat their fair share of flying insects…capturing those which are difficult for other birds to snag.
When selecting a bird feeder, try to find one that is suitable for the types of birds you will be catering to, as well. If in doubt, just go with a general type, but make sure it has a roof to protect the seed from getting wet. We, of course have a large variety of bird feeders and houses to choose from. Setting out some houses, will also guarantee that a few families will “move in” and become your “outdoor pets”. Be sure to clean them out after the fledglings have taken flight.
A small amount of effort this winter assisting our feathered friends will bring you much joy and a healthier garden, to boot! Enjoy!!