Fall is upon us!
The leaves are falling, the frost has set in and the birds are hungry. At least 4,000 species of birds are regular migrants (40% of total population). Birds are migrating due to a lack of resources – food and nesting locations. Our feathered friends bolt from the cold temperatures for the warmer climates of the southern hemisphere because who wants to hang out in the freezing rain or snow when you can relax on a beach in the Caribbean? Your fall feeding can give the birds a vital energy boost. Together, we can ensure our bird friends have a safe and enjoyable fall and winter.
- The Keys: Choosing the Right Suet, Seed & Feed
As the temperatures drop, that can only mean one thing: it’s suet time! Suet is an excellent source of energy for the birds and you don’t have to worry about it melting in the warm temperatures. Besides suet, try sunflower seed, peanut hearts or safflower seed – all good choices in cooler climates.
- Carve a pumpkin with your favorite bird!
- Save the seeds!
When you finish decorating and carving your pumpkins, don’t throw away the leftover seeds. Instead, take a few minutes to prepare the seeds for the birds.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Scoop out seeds, wash and separate from pumpkin pulp
- Lightly grease cookie sheet with vegetable oil
- Bake for 30-40 minutes (turning every 5-10 minutes)
- Allow the seeds to cool – watch the birds enjoy ☺
- Introduce a heated bird bath (aka hot tub for birds)
The birds dig hot tubs, too! In all seriousness, a non-frozen source of water is a huge factor in attracting birds during the winter months. Allow the birds to drink, splash and soak – they’ll thank you with an extended stay. We offer both deck-mounted options as well as a bath with pedestal.
- Other Tips & Tricks
- Make your feeders more visible and convenient.
- Keep the feeders clean and dry with the heavy, harsh weather on the horizon.
- If you can’t beat ‘em, feed ‘em – set out ears of corn away from your feeders to deter the squirrels from stealing the bird’s seed.