When prepping for the winter bird feeding season, it’s important to not only know what species will be in your backyards, but also to understand their diet, the ideal feeders, & where to place your feeders.
Winter Bird Species
You could have a pretty wide-spread variety of birds visiting your feeders in the winter, but it all depends on the what region you’re in, what the climate is like, and the landscape/environment of your backyard.
Winter birds across all regions of North America: Cardinals, Titmice, Jays, Sparrows, Chickadees, and Finches.
Northern region: Bluebirds, Red Crossbills, Pine Grosbeaks, and Evening Grosbeaks
Southern region: Hummingbirds & Warblers (if overwintering)
Winter Bird Food
During the winter, fruit and insects are scarce for most birds so they rely on seeds as a natural source of food. Dried mealworm is great to fill the feeders with because of the natural stock depletion. Ideal seed for the winter are high in fat or oil because it provides our birds with energy to survive through the season.
Ideal Winter Food
- Dried mealworm
- Peanut Butter
- White Miller Seed
- Black Oil Sunflower Seed
- Hulled Peanuts
- Nyjer Seed
Feeder coverage is at the most beneficial for birds during the winter time. It not only preserves the life of the food, but also gives your birds a safe and sheltered experience. The Baffle Dome is ideal for achieving this and is compatible with any Mosaic hanging feeder. The Cottage feeder provides wide coverage for feed and birds as well.
Since our birds’ natural source of food is scarce during the winter, traffic at our feeders will increase through the season. Since more traffic means more mess, we need to be regularly cleaning our feeders to give our backyard visitors a clean dish to eat off of. Mosaic feeders make cleaning easy with detachable dishes. This also creates a very convenient way to refill our feeders.
Higher capacity feeders are ideal in order to reduce the frequency of refilling while also giving multiple birds the opportunity to visit at the same time. This can only be achieved if the feeders have some type of weather coverage. Without overhead shelter, the feed will spoil quicker and need to be refilled daily. The Baffle Dome feeder is best for both capacity and coverage. The feeders from the Hummble line can be stacked in order to up the capacity and a Baffle Dome can be added for protection.
Place feeders close to your home or in other sheltered spots to to lower the possibility of your birds being effected by higher speed winds. At the same time, make sure that the feeders are at a safe distance to avoid collision with a window or any other parts of your home.