Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean the end of bird watching. On the contrary, as the days get shorter and the nights colder birds’ natural instincts start to kick in, and they begin their annual migration south. This means you will be getting more birds than your summer regulars and don’t forget about the brave birds who stick around all winter looking for food and shelter. Here are a few ideas for attracting fall birds.
Have a Variety of Food
As winter sets in, food becomes more and more scarce making birds rely heavily on private feeders. Having a mixture of seeds and suet will ensure you attract a variety of birds and ensure the winter birds stick around. Migration is taxing on a bird and they need to eat a lot of calories so make sure you have a steady supply of seed and suet.
Fall means no more blooming flowers, which means no more nectar, which means. hummingbirds won’t be able to find their favorite treat. Hang a few hummingbird feeders around your yard to attract them in large numbers. To make your own hummingbird nectar mix 1 part sugar with four parts water and bring it to a boil.
Give Them Shelter
If you want birds to stick around your yard all winter then they are going to need shelter from the frigid cold and harsh winds. A good way to make sure birds hang around is to build a roosting box. A roosting box is a little bigger than a birdhouse but instead of using it for making a nest birds use it to roost. Depending on the size, many birds can roost in one box. Place a few around your yard and you’ll find it won’t be vacant for long.
Have Water Available
Water is more important to a bird now than it was in the summer. Having a source of water in your yard will attract birds from all over, including migrating birds you would never normally see. As winter sets in and temperatures drop, make sure to use a heater or fountain to keep the water from freezing. Having water readily available in winter will keep birds happy and repeat visitors.
Fall and winter are very busy and stressful times for a bird. Give them a break by following these tips from Turf Tenders and provide them with everything they need to stay warm and happy this winter. Contact Us Today!