It’s time to thoroughly clean the hummingbird feeder and put it away until next spring. Meanwhile, it’s time to bring out the seed-filled bird feeder and stock it with fresh food. Some of our winter residents include cardinals, chickadees, wrens, and woodpeckers, and they need high-energy food like black-oil sunflower seeds and suet to fend off the cold. Hang your feeder near a window where you can enjoy the show while you enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Once the birds learn that you’re a dependable feeder, you’ll be rewarded with hours of avian activity throughout the snowy months ahead!
I have two "go-to" resources for bird information. Both have a great conservation angle:
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology - "Our mission: To interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds." Accurate, up-to-date info on birds and their importance to local biodiversity.
Wild Birds Unlimited - "We know birds. We know bird food. We know what you need to attract birds to your yard." Spend your $$ at a locally-owned WBU in Columbus!
FYI: I put my birdseed into a container (indoors - a plastic bin, or outdoors – in a galvanized bucket) so it stays pest-free and dry. Add a right-sized scoop and filling your feeders is a snap!
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