I never realized that each month is dedicated to something. January was the soup month and February is dedicated to feeding the birds! Do you feed the birds? My husband loves to feed the birds and we have various feeders all around the house. We have a homemade suet feeder, which the woodpeckers and nuthatches just love.nuthatch We have two feeders with black sunflower seeds and then a nyjer feeder for the gold finches. You should see them line up for their turn at the feeder. Our house sits close to the woods and we also have several large forsythia bushes in front of our deck where the feeders hang.hummingbird The birds love having a safe spot to hang out. You never know when an owl or hawk will show up looking for a meal!Barred Owl

We enjoy watching the different varieties of birds that come to our feeders during the winter.Red Pols Come spring we take the feeders down at night because of the bears. Bears come out of hibernation very hungry and an easy source of food for them is finding bird feeders. We usually have one or two small black bears that will venture up on our deck to see if we have forgotten to take the feeders in!bear-1When summer rolls around we only have the nyjer feeder and the hummingbird feeder.hummingbird

Birds should not be offered many of the foods humans eat. Bread (fresh or stale) provides no real nutritional value for birds, and moldy bread can harm birds. Chocolate is toxic to birds, just as it is to dogs and cats (it contains theobromine), never offer birds any foods containing chocolate. Table scraps may not be safe or healthy for birds and most table scraps will attract mice or rats.

Instead feed birds black oil sunflower seed which is high in fat and provides good energy. The seeds are small and thin shelled and easy for small birds to crack open. Suet is another good option and as I mentioned goldfinches love nyjer seed, use a special feeder with smaller holes to prevent the tiny seeds from spilling out.Goldfinches

Create a safe space for your birds; provide bushes for shelter and refuge and a water source if you do not have a water source nearby. Feeding the birds is fun and can provide hours of entertainment.

10 comments on “February is Bird Feeding Month

Margy on February 10, 2016 6:38 pm

I put out a hanging bird feeder for seeds, but haven’t seen any takers yet.

Nancy Wolff on February 10, 2016 7:09 pm

Margy,
As soon as the birds figure out it’s there you will have visitors! 🙂

Judy Stewart on February 10, 2016 7:55 pm

We feed suet and tons of black oil sunflower seed too. The nyjer has proven iffy for us. Sometimes the goldfinches like it, sometimes they don’t show up until it is stale. I think they do not like stale nyjer. So they eat black oil sunflower seeds with the other seed eaters.

I bought a 25 pound bag of raw peanuts at a farmers market and the blue jays love them. They can carry at least three peanuts(not shelled) in their beaks at a time. The cardinals like them too but I think they have a tough time getting into them. Sometimes I shell some peanuts for the cardinals.

I love watching the birds eat.

Nancy Wolff on February 10, 2016 9:02 pm

Judy,
Isn’t it fun to watch the birds, such entertainment! We haven’t tried peanuts but I’ll be the blue jays would love them! My husband recently found a special seed that has the nyjer mixed with other small seeds, the birds just love it!!

JM Illinois on February 11, 2016 4:06 pm

Awesome bird and bear photos.
JM, IL

Nancy Wolff on February 11, 2016 11:33 pm

Thanks JM

Jamie @ Medium Sized Family on February 12, 2016 5:56 pm

My Mom loves to feed the birds. It’s amazing how many birds will flock to her house now! Enough cardinals to field 2 baseball teams easily. 🙂

Nancy Wolff on February 13, 2016 7:44 pm

Jamie,
I wish we had more cardinals, don’t think they like the mountains of Vermont! 🙁

Gwen on February 13, 2016 1:19 pm

Our son put up extra feeders with homemade fatballs (lard, nuts and seeds) in them this winter, and we have had new kinds of birds that we never had before. I have to say I’m glad we don’t have bears in Scotland, though!

Nancy Wolff on February 13, 2016 7:43 pm

Gwen,
What a tasty treat for the birds!

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