Look Who's Coming to Dinner!
Jan 31, 2020
Unlike many people who start dieting this time of year, birds are in search of food in winter. Because of this need, February was declared “National Bird Feeding Month” by an Illinois Congressman in 1994 to recognize that winter can be especially harsh for birds and to encourage people to support them with additional food.
As a hobby, bird feeding is a relaxing, inexpensive way to help birds and the environment. A hopper or tube feeder and a bag of seed is a great place to begin. You will be amazed at how simple it is to coax a variety of birds to your own backyard.
Depending on the species you want to attract, you should identify their favorite foods, the feeder styles they prefer, and finally, a spot to hang the feeders.
First off, it’s important to feed birds the right food. Just as you wouldn’t serve just cookies and french fries for dinner, you don’t want to feed birds food that will hurt rather than nurture them. Products sold at the Wild Bird Center are carefully selected to ensure that they do not harm birds or other wildlife.
Suet is popular with woodpeckers, creepers, nuthatches and chickadees, and because it is high in calories, it helps provide the energy birds need to make it through the winter. Offered in an inexpensive cage, suet can be an easy addition to your feeding station. WBC offers suet in seven BIRDelicious flavors.
Unlike some cheap bird seed mixtures that are packed with fillers that birds pick through and leave debris under the feeder, WBC seed contains no fillers, only premium grains. In addition, no-shell seed blends – such as PatioWise® – along with no-shell sunflower and peanuts will invite birds to feast without a mess.
Not all birds dine from the same style of feeder. While hopper and platform feeders work for most birds, tube feeders bring perching birds, and Nyjer® and nectar feeders attract goldfinches and hummingbirds. A mesh feeder filled with peanuts will make the woodpeckers come calling.
So, go ahead, feed the birds and see who’s coming to dinner!