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This is for the Birds

Bird - Junco
Bird – Junco (Photo credit: blmiers2)


This is for the Birds


Watching birds can be an enjoyable activity year round. Many birds stay throughout winter. Cardinals and sparrows stick out the bad weather, juncos even come here for their vacation.
If you want to help your feathered friends I have an easier winter stay I have a few suggestions for you.
Supply a supplemental food source
Different bird species need different food requirements. It is a good idea to set up a food station with different types of feeders and feed. Some birds like doves and juncos prefer to eat off the ground so you can scatter millet and cracked corn. Finches love the small niger and thistle seeds while suet attracts woodpeckers and chickadees. Oiled sunflowers are a favorite of most birds especially cardinals.
You can also hang orange slices and add raisins to feeders. Birds also enjoy peanuts and peanut butter. You can smear peanut butter on a pinecone and roll it in birdseed then hang.
Plant an area with bird-friendly plants that offer shelter from harsh weather and predators. Trees and shrubs with berries are a bonus food source.
Birds need water to drink and bathe. Keep a supply of fresh water out for them near their food source. Change and replace frozen water. You can even buy heated bird baths. It doesn’t get any better than that Mr. Birdie, does it?
Adding these elements to your yard or garden is definitely for the birds!

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
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  1. This was some great advice on attracting birds to your backyard. Thanks for sharing it with us.


    P.S> I am trying to attract bluebirds and have put a bluebird house. Fingers crossed.

    1. Good luck Velva! Let me know how it turns out!

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