If you think winter is tough, imagine being a bird. Our feathered friends up north – where food is buried under snow and winter days loom long – have it especially tough. That’s the reason for National Bird-Feeding Month.
In addition to helping birds with easy access to food and water, it’s neat to watch them cluster around a feeder in your yard. The National Bird-Feeding Society lists these as the top 10 backyard birds for those of us east of the Rocky Mountains: Top Ten Backyard Birds East of the Rocky Mountains: American Goldfinch, Chickadee (Black-capped/Carolina), Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Tufted Titmouse, and White-breasted Nuthatch.
Have you spotted any of these in your backyard lately? If not, try putting out a feeder and get ready for a show. Here are a few best practices for backyard bird feeding:
- Start with something simple like black-oil sunflower seeds in a tubular feeder.
- Don’t forget to provide a habitat, such as nest boxes to encourage year-round use. Also place bird feeders near large trees and shrubs.
- Move beyond your own yard. Take your binoculars and head to a local park to see which birds are visiting there.
Check out some more bird feeding tips from the Audubon.
If you’d like to make your own bird feeder, join us for one of two classes: