Feeding the Wild Birds in the Murphy, NC mountains this winter

Real Estate Agent with Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA

feeding wild birds in the winterAs 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.


For more information about living in Murphy, NC contact
Lee & Carol Barbour ~ The Mountain Living Team www.MurphyMountainLiving.com

Licensed and Serving the western NC, northeast GA and east TN Mountains


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Comments (3)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Lee and Carol,

Will have to remember the water.

Lately there has been a hawk in a nearby tree that keeps the smaller birds away!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 05, 2017 07:12 AM
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS

Oh my Raymond, I bet the hawk is keeping them away! We see them out in the fields across from our home or perched on the electric wires searching for food, but thankful they stay high above our feeders. Good thing we don't have to supplement them! They are gorgeous birds and hunters though.

Jan 06, 2017 07:46 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS Feeding wild birds in Murphy, North Carolina mountains is great fun activity to participate.

Jan 05, 2017 05:12 PM
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Yes it is John Pusa. While making sure our feathered friends are fed and watered during the winter, its great entertainment for us!

Jan 06, 2017 07:39 AM