As the winter weather fills our days here in the Murphy NC mountains, don’t forget to feed your wild bird friends. Not all bird seed mixes will suit all wild birds. Birds will often sort through mixed seed and discard what they do not want. Typically, less waste occurs if you provide only one type of food per feeder, rather than mixed birdseed. Experts recommend black oil sunflower seed as one of the best single seeds to attract a variety of birds to your feeder.
Insect-eating birds, such as woodpeckers, chickadees and nuthatches, will benefit from additional suet in the wintertime. Suet cakes can be purchased at feed and garden stores and are available almost everywhere.
The location of the food is also important. Keep your feeder a safe distance - at least eight to 10 feet - from protective shrubbery where marauding house cats might lurk.
Around your home you can grow plants in your yard that offer seeds and habitat through the winter or by providing supplemental feed at a bird feeder.
Remember birds need water in the winter, even more so than in the summer when ponds, bird baths and streams aren’t hindered by cold and ice. Make sure to provide a fresh bath of water daily.
Feeding birds over winter can be vital to their breeding success. Studies show that birds that receive extra food over winter lay their eggs earlier and produce more fledglings. So come Spring you’ll be enjoying more bird watching and benefit from the inset patrols.
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Lee & Carol Barbour ~ The Mountain Living Team www.MurphyMountainLiving.com
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