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We have customers tell us all the time about how much they enjoy watching the variety of birds that gather and feast outside their windows or in their backyards. Feeding wild birds is one of the easiest and most beautiful ways to observe and appreciate wildlife. It’s simple! Just by setting up a feeder on your property, you will see avian visitors up close, and learn more about the types of birds that frequent your neighborhood. Following are some common birds you will see in this area during the winter: Sparrows are primarily seed eaters, but also enjoy eating small insects. Though they are not flashy in color, and may often be overlooked or considered common, the sparrow is a very melodious bird. Chickadees are highly curious about everything, including humans. The black cap and bib, white cheeks and gray back, wings and tail make it an easy bird to distinguish and identify. The house finch is commonly found in North America, and is an adaptable, colorful and cheery voiced bird.
Feeding Birds is ImportantFeeding birds helps to sustain local wild bird populations, especially during the cold, harsh winters and challenging migration periods. During the winter season, you’ll want to make sure your bird feeders are refilled every morning. It’s important to keep feeders full as birds often seek out reliable food sources to help them survive the colder months. Feeders should be set up where they are easy to see and convenient to fill. They should be placed where seed-hungry squirrels and bird-hungry cats cannot reach them, and if near a window, no more than three feet from the glass to prevent possible collisions. When looking for bird feeders, consider the type of feeder and the size of its holes to know what kind of food would work best. While some birds enjoy eating from the ground, others prefer tube feeders – hollow cylinders with multiple feeding ports and perches. Tube feeders attract small perching birds such as finches, goldfinches, titmice, and chickadees. They allow seed to flow only when birds peck at it, which helps keep any spillage to a minimum. Once your feeders are filled and hung they are all ready for hungry birds to come feast. It doesn’t take long before they start arriving. However, some birds will patiently wait for the seed to be replenished. Even if your bird visitors are not entirely dependent on your food supply, try not to leave them without food. If you plan to be away, fill extra feeders, or ask a willing neighbor to continue feeding your birds until you return. When first starting to feed birds, it may take time for new feeders to be discovered. Don’t be surprised if the feeding station doesn’t get visitors right away. As long as feeders are clean and filled with fresh seed, the birds will find them. There is always something amazing to see when watching and feeding our wild avian friends. It is especially comforting to know that you are helping our wild bird populations survive the cold season. What birds are you seeing outside your window or in your backyard?
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