How To Attract The Birds
You can attract wild birds to your feeding stations by meeting their basic needs of water, shelter and foodWater: Provide cool water in the summer or warm water in the winter in a raised shallow container that has a rough or non-slip sides. Providing water is critical and is very important nutrient for birds. We have water warmers available to keep bird baths from freezing.
Shelter: Shelter can be provided in many ways. Natural protection is the best. Evergreen shrubs and pine trees provide a good environment for the birds to nest and offer protection from the weather. This cover gives the birds a place to retreat from predators. Man-made shelters include birdhouses and brush piles. Not all species of birds will use birdhouses.
Feeders: Feeders should be placed at least 8 to 10 feet away from tall objects to prevent squirrels from jumping on the feeder. Place your feeders in sunny, calm locations avoiding cold windy areas. Usually the south or east side of your house is ideal. Use several types of feeders to attract different species of birds. For example, hopper feeders with Gourmet Blend can attract Cardinals. Keep feeders clean, they can get moldy from rain water.
Insects and seeds are birds’ natural food sources. These are very limited during winter. Wintertime feeding will provide energy and nutrients for the wild birds. Winter feeding should begin in mid-October when the birds begin their search for reliable food supply and continue through late spring. Natural food sources do not appear right after the last snowstorm. Feed the birds faithfully, for they will depend on you.
Consumption of bird feeds will decrease in the summer months. Birds’ natural food sources like insects and seeds are more available. Summer feeding will still provide much enjoyment. Using Gourmet Blend will provide the best results in the summer months.