Although we have always been told that birds migrate south for the winter, many do not, and they need our help to survive.
Some people put away birdbaths and feeders until spring; however, there are many beautiful winter birds that can use our help in providing necessary food and water when natural resources are at their scarcest.
During the winter months, deep snow and ice can bury foods just when birds need more calories to keep warm through the bitter cold. At the same time, water is locked into frozen ice, so birds cannot easily drink. Dropping temperatures can make birds slower and more vulnerable to illness or predators, and fallen leaves offer less protection to keep winter birds safe. Fortunately, a bird-friendly yard can provide for all of a bird’s needs even during the coldest months.
Bill Thompson, III, Editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest suggests ten popular foods with backyard birds across North America.
TOP TEN FOODS FOR WINTER BIRD FEEDING
- Black-oil sunflower seed
- Mixed seed
- Nyjer/thistle seed
- Cracked corn
- Homemade bird treats
At Braxton’s, we offer a wide variety of bird feeders as well as bird food. Visit our bird section on the second floor or ask about our bird section when you call-in and we’ll add it to your order.