All About Birds, for All Seasons
brings flocks of finches, siskins and sometimes even red
polls to our yards. These visitors quickly gobble
up whatever Nyjer seed you make available. Woodpeckers
are visiting the yards more often, too. If you've
not tried a Minnesota-made natural suet log, you should
do so. Even the nuthatches and chickadees seem to
prefer the natural perches over the metal suet baskets.
now and then a drought of birds occurs. Here's a recap
of what happened a couple years ago.
a feast or famine winter here in the Twin Cities.
Either you have birds, and nice numbers of them, or you
don't have any at all.
Mild weather. Cold weather pushes birds to eat more
often to maintain their warmth and survive the bitter cold.
Not only that, but the mild winter hasn't pushed the migrating
birds as far south. Remember last year at this time?
We saw near record numbers of Pine Siskins and Common Redpolls
in the metro area. This year? Not a one.
during this National Bird Feeding Month, don't get discouraged:
keep offering your seed to those birds who pass through
or just count on your feeders every once in a while.
If you have Nyjer seed in a tube feeder, you'll want to
make sure it doesn't dry out. You can tell by looking
at the hulls: they should be a nice shiny black. If
they look russet or flat in color, you should put a small
amount of fresh seed in.
if you're one of the lucky people who have lots of birds
this winter, enjoy them! They're most likely resident
birds who will visit your feeders throughout the year.
you'd like answered about winter birdfeeding or the lack
of birds? Just drop
us a note and we'll get back to you.