Feed birds in the winter and enjoy the benefit of their presence in the spring and summer months as they help to reduce garden pests. Attract birds to your yard all year long with these simple tips.
- Keep bird feeders full! Birds will visit feeders all year long. If it is your first time putting out a feeder, be patient. It takes a few days for the birds to find it. But once they do, they will visit daily! So keep up with the food to make sure your feathered friends continue to visit. Birds that you can see visiting Pittsburgh area feeders over the winter include: Black-capped Chickadees, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Downy Woodpeckers, American Goldfinches, House Finches, House Sparrows, and many more.
- Provide a clean water source. Water, even in the winter, is important for birds. They need a clean source of water for drinking and bathing. In the winter, you can frequently fill your birdbath with warm water or get an electric heated bird bath! Not only will your birds thank you, they will provide loads of entertainment, as they splash and preen themselves.
- Provide shelter. Trees, shrubs and perennial flower gardens all provide places for birds to perch and hide out. It is important that birds have places like this to protect themselves from threats such as harsh weather conditions and predators. Place bird feeders in areas that are easily seen but close enough to shelter. Christmas trees left in the back yard after the holiday provide excellent cover for garden birds.
Encouraging birds to visit your home in the winter will ensure that they hang out in the spring and summer, when you need their bug-eating services! Birds are a gardener’s companion in keeping insect populations down and keeping the soil clean of weed seeds.