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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - IT'S TIME FOR BIRDING

I want to acknowledge Wild Delight for all this information that I am about to share with you.  Wild Delight is one of our premier suppliers for bird feeders and bird seed.  They have a very informative booklet on feeding birds and I have learned so much from this handout that I want to share some of this information with you in this blog.
                Like many people, I am a seasonal bird feeder.  I like to start feeding birds in the fall and go through the winter.  Wild Delight thinks it best to feed the birds year round (of course they do).  The premise here is that birds are nesting and need extra food for breeding and rearing baby birds between February and August.  This makes sense.  September through March is a difficult time for birds, as many natural sources of food disappear in the winter months.  For this reason is why I like feeding birds as a seasonal hobby.
                Here are some more educational FAQs to help you become a more educated and better bird feeder:
  1.  Choose the correct feeder.  You may want more than one.  A tube feeder with large holes will hold the larger seed, such as the popular sunflower seed.  Just want to make sure that the port holes will accommodate the large seeds, nuts, and fruit. 
  2. A tube feeder with small holes if for the thistle seed and feeding Finches.
3.Birds prefer to live and eat in areas where cover in trees and shrubs is readily available.  I like hanging my two feeders from the branches of trees.
  1. Some birds, like Cardinals, prefer to eat off the ground or from a platform feeder.  These birds often prefer to feed close to brush or trees for safety.  Finches will come to feeders, regardless of their location.
5.Why is all the seed on the ground?  -  Many birds do not like certain seeds and grains used in bird seed mixes.  They will “throw” this unwanted seed out while searching for more desirable seeds and grains.  I see this happening all the time with my feeders.  But the fallen seed seems to be popular with the ground feeders, such as Dove, Cardinal, and a few others.  And, my squirrels seem happy with the fallen seed and less bothersome in trying to raid my feeder.
  1. So, how do you keep squirrels off your feeder?  Make sure that the feeder is at least six feet above the ground and ten feet away from any launching point like a deck rail.  You can use a hanging baffle over the feeder as a deterrent.  In my own personal case I have accepted the inevitable that squirrels will get to my feeder and have decided to enjoy watching them try to get to my feeders.  Squirrels are obviously hungry as well.
  2. Some birds, like Blue jays and Nuthatches, take a seed or two and then fly to a perch to crack open the hull.  They will then hide these seeds in trees and other places for later use.
  3. Birds do not stick to metal perches in the winter.  Birds have no sweat glands in their feet, so there is no moisture to freeze onto the metal surface.
So, I hope this information has been helpful.  And, I hope that it helps you with enjoying nature and feeding our birds even more.  I urge you to come and stop at our garden center and see our excellent selection of birdfeeders and the array of bird seed.  HAPPY BIRDING!! 
Posted: 10/21/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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