Thursday, August 16, 2012
Feed Those Birds
You know me and my birds so I just couldn't resist listing some Autumn bird watching tips!
1. Don't wait until the really cold weather to start feeding the birds again. There are still plenty of berries and insects but now is the time to begin because they are already shopping around for yards to frequent and stay close to for the upcoming cooler months that are close.
2. Several things that will attract them over the Autumn and keep them close during the Winter are a good buffet of various feeders. Also try putting out several trays on the ground (I use large terra cotta pot saucers) for the ground feeding birds. Use a variety of seeds, unshelled peanuts, dried fruits and dried corn to keep them all happy. Some birds prefer ground-level feeding locations; others would rather be several feet off the ground.
3. Don't have a suet feeder? Try smearing the suet or peanut butter onto the bark of a tree or simply break up the suet and put in a bowl to set out for the birds. Don't hesitate to make a birdfeeder with pinecones, peanut butter and seeds like when you were little. It works and the birds will love you for it!
4. Keep those bird baths full with clean water. Even a few old shallow pots or bowls set around with water are good. Birds don't care about how much you spend to do it. They just appreciate that you do it. Period.
5. If you have bird houses and/or roosting pockets, clean them out and get them ready for shelter on those chilly Autumn nights and even colder Winter time. No bird houses? You can still provide shelter. A pile of twigs, logs and old leaves really make for comfy cozy lodging.
6. After you have taken care of the basics, sit back and enjoy watching the birds.
Now is the time to put out the word to your feathered friends that your yard is a good place to be over the upcoming seasons!
Remember, you still have time to sign up for my giveaway on the previous post.