Mother Nature caught the birds by surprise with a huge snow storm a few days ago!
It is time to make sure all your feeders are ready for the birds this winter. Bring in your feeders and clean them thoroughly. Let them dry and then fill them with fresh seed. Your local bird store
can help you select just the right mix of seed for the birds in your area.
Did you know that different types of feeders will attract different birds? Check out our review of feeders below and decide which birds you would like to see in your yard this winter!
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Selecting the right feeders for your yard
Chickadees, Titmice and a Goldfinch at Tube Feeder
are the most popular. A domed cap is very helpful during snow storms. Fill these feeders with black oil sunflower, peanuts, safflower or special mixes from your local wild bird store.
A flock of American Goldfinches at Thistle Feeder
like this have very small openings and are very popular with Finches. Fill them with Nyjer seed (also known as thistle seed.) Colorful yellow and black Goldfinches look like this in their drab winter plumage!
Hopper Feeders come in all sizes
send seed into a dish at the bottom of the feeder. This feeder attaches to a window with suction cups. Much larger metal hoppers are designed to keep out the squirrels! This type of feeder works well with cracked corn, sunflower and safflower seed. Northern Cardinals and Jays love the larger hopper feeders.
Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers love Suet Feeders
are designed hold chunks of suet or even prepackaged suet cakes that often contain a variety of seeds. Nuthatches, Chickadees and Titmice will eat suet as well.
Hummingbird Feeders in Winter ????
are usually busiest in the spring or summer months. But folks along the Gulf Coast and in the southwest may be surprised at what shows up during the winter! Pay careful attention -- that may not be a Ruby-throated Hummingbird but a rare winter visitor from out west coming to your feeder.
come in many shapes and sizes. Some tube feeders and hopper feeders have special designs that keep squirrels from eating the seed. These designs usually involve placing a mesh cage around the feeder to keep out larger birds and squirrels. Others are built of heavy-duty metal and some actually have battery operated devices that spin until the squirrel falls off!
If you a looking for a great deal on feeders this winter, check out the Online Nature Mall's new Droll Yankees Deluxe Feeder Pak
- 4 different high-quality feeders (and free shipping!)
We need your help! Thousands of Americans will begin tallying birds at their backyard feeders next month for Project FeederWatch, launching the 25th season for this popular citizen-science program. The information reported online from across the continent helps scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology track changes in the numbers of birds and the distribution of species.
Anyone with an interest in birds and nature is invited to learn more about the project and become a "citizen scientist." The new season of FeederWatch begins November 12, but participants can come on board at any time at www.FeederWatch.org.
New Field Guide Just Out
National Geographic sixth edition
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This newest field guide includes all the latest traxonomic changes, including the July 2011 AOU updates. The book is a little bigger than the previous edition and range maps have been drawn to show migration routes in the spring and the fall. We highly recommend this. (Why not give your old copy to a neighborhood child and get them hooked on birding?)