Not only does bird feeding provide nutrition for our feathered friends during colder months but it also offers us an opportunity to observe nature up close! Watching various species come together at one feeder can be quite entertaining (and sometimes even competitive!) Plus who doesn’t love seeing those adorable little faces peeking out from behind trees? Bird feeding is one activity that truly gives back–you get joy simply by providing something small but meaningful for these creatures who rely on us humans for survival during winter months when food sources become scarce. So why not give it a try? You might just find yourself hooked!
When it comes to selecting food for your feathered friends, there are lots of options available. Here are some of the most popular options that will attract different species of birds:
Sunflower seeds – these are loved by many types of birds, including finches, chickadees, cardinals, and more.
Safflower seeds – similar to sunflower seeds but with a thinner shell that’s easier for smaller birds to eat. These attract cardinals, nuthatches, jays and sparrows.
Suet – suet is often made with beef fat or lard and contains crushed nuts and dried fruit. Suet attracts woodpeckers, bluebirds and other insect-eating birds.
Peanuts – this high energy snack is a favorite among chickadees and woodpeckers alike! Make sure to buy unsalted peanuts only.
Millet - millet is a popular choice for sparrows and mourning doves as it provides much needed energy during winter months when food sources are scarce.
Bird feeding is one activity everyone should try at least once–it’s easy, affordable and fun! Plus it gives us an opportunity to observe nature up close while providing essential nutrition for our feathered friends during colder weather months when food sources become scarce. Whether you opt for sunflower seeds or suet or any other type of bird food available today remember placement matters–so make sure you place your feeders away from windows (at least 10 feet) or add decals on windows that reflect UV light so as not to harm any unsuspecting visitors who stop by looking for a tasty treat! With just these few basics steps in mind anyone can enjoy nature right in their own backyard! Happy bird watching!
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