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Help birds on their journey

Backyard birds all over North America have been on the move. Some have gone to the Caribbean and points south from their summer breeding grounds, while others moved from the tundra to northern states for the winter. Resident birds in most neighborhoods are now searching for food. Now is the time to begin feeding the birds, says the National Bird Feeding Society.

Bird feeders should match the food offered. Tubular feeders filled with Nyjer seed will attract goldfinches and pine siskins. Tube feeders with larger feeding portals will attract chickadees and nuthatches.

According to the society, black oil sunflower is favored by most seed-eating birds. Offered in hopper-style feeders that hold large quantities of sunflowers, it attracts birds that like a flat place when eating.



Simple tray feeders, set low, accommodate ground-feeding birds such as doves and sparrows. Wire mesh baskets hold prepared suet cakes or beef suet, a good source of high-energy protein. All varieties of woodpeckers relish suet year round, but it’s especially helpful in winter.

A dish of fresh water completes the bird feeding station. Birds need a sizable quantity all year for drinking and bathing. To keep warm in winter, their feathers have to be clean and efficient. Use a submersible warmer to keep water from freezing.



Information: http://www.birdfeeding.org.


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