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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.
It’s really hard to think of wild birds as being loyal friends.
After all, they are truly one of the freest creatures on the planet, able to fly anywhere at anytime with nothing to bind them to any single location.
But birds, like humans, are creatures of habit and bird banding studies have shown that many of our winter residents, such as native sparrows and Juncos, utilize the same wintering location year after year.
With a potential lifespan of over 10 years, it is likely that these sparrows gleaning millet off your ground feeder or below one of your other feeders has spent many previous winters as your loyal backyard guest. And recent research shows that is only half the story!
These birds are not only loyal to a specific location, but also to a single feeder! The study showed that the only time they abandoned their favorite feeder was during periods of cold weather when the feeder was placed in a location too exposed to the wind. So help your birds stay loyal and warm by locating your feeders in a sheltered location out of the wind, near the side of a house or near a row of trees or evergreens is ideal.
Another favorite winter visitor is the beloved American Goldfinch. They arrive in more subdued colors, but when they depart in late Spring we can catch a glimpse of them in their bright yellow finery. Finches enjoy hulled black oil Sunflower seeds and a very special seed, Nyjer (thistle).
Winter is also a great time to look for uncommon bird species. Keep your feeders full and look for birds associated with “irruptions.” When natural winter food supplies are scarce in northern Canada, numerous bird species “irrupt,” migrating south in search of food. The most common irruptive birds in our area are Pine Siskins and Purple Finches, both attracted to the same foods as the American Goldfinch...so keep an eye on your finch feeders for these other species!
Lastly, be sure to keep your feeders filled with the high-quality, high-fat foods that provide all your birds with the crucial nutrition needed to survive the coldest months of the year. Be sure to stop by our store for more expert and friendly advice.
May The Birds Be With You,
Susan, Mary, Tracee, Michael, Scott, Nick and Manny & Mia, too!