February is National Bird Feeding Month, which was established to encourage people to provide the food, water, and shelter that wild birds need to survive during the winter months..
There are many different types of wild bird seed and feeders available for different birds and some basic tips that should be followed while feeding birds. By doing our part and taking care of our wild birds we can ensure a happy environment and can help wild bird hunger. Before choosing the type of bird food you first want to decide on which type of birds you will want to attract to your backyard.
Most people use black-oil sunflower seeds because they will attract the largest variety of birds to your backyard. These seeds are great because they attract many birds and it is also an easy seed for smaller birds to crack open. Hulled sunflower seeds are similar to the ones mentioned above except the shell has been removed which makes them a little more expensive. If your wanting to attract finches Nyjer thistle seed is what they like the best, however you will need a special feeder for this type of food. Cracked or whole kernel corn will attract many blue jays and other game birds; this feed can also attract other types of animals. You can also buy premium mixes from a store that will attract various types of birds. There are many different types of bird seeds out there so make sure you choose wisely by following those guidelines.
Moving on, after choosing which feed suits you best, you next want to choose the best bird feeders to ensure that your wild birds can get to the food that you are offering them. You want to offer a variety of different feeders throughout the yard to ensure that your birds will not be fighting over the food and there will be plenty of other feeding spots throughout the yard.
When choosing bird feeders there are many factors that you want to keep in mind such as the type of bird that you are trying to attract, does the feeder meet the needs of the birds feeding preferences, you don’t want to choose a feeder that has to be refilled more frequently, is the feeder okay for the climate that you live in, is the feeder easy to clean, and the price of the feeder and what you are going to have to pay to fill the feeder. Also, while choosing a feeder you want to choose one that squirrels can’t get into because they will eat all of the feed. Buying the correct feeder is a very important step in the bird feeding process.
To make sure that you are attracting the wild birds that you want and keeping them happy and coming to your backyard more often there are a few tips and guidelines to follow. When the time comes to refill your bird feeders make sure you clean them first by removing all old or moldy bird seed and refilling it with clean and fresh feed.
While purchasing a feeder keep in mind what location it’ll be placed because you want to choose a style that is nice to look at from all viewing angles and also you want to keep the size of the feeder in mind. By keeping your hummingbird feeders filled for up to two weeks after their migrating season starts you will provide hummingbirds that are still migrating south plenty of nourishment.
Wild birds are an amazing thing to watch so we can do our part to help them stay nourished so that they can continue to give us something to watch out the window or sit in the backyard and enjoy.