Saturday, November 19, 2016

Preparing for Winter's Backyard Birds

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It's time to review how to prepare your backyard for those charming birds that will spend the Winter months with us. It's not a difficult job, but it's a fun time to share the chores with children. Once the preparation is complete, you and the kids will enjoy a chance to see many different types of birds, even in the snow.
 
 
 
 

A Simple Preparation Process


Preparation for the Winter birds in your backyard involves a few easy chores.
  • Clean out birdbaths
  • Empty and clean all of your bird feeders
  • Repair or replace any damaged bird feeders
  • Fill feeders with a winter mix of seeds
Before you put away your outdoor hose, it's a good time to clean out your bird baths. Use a scrub brush on any concrete or porous surface baths in order to get any debris left. Then fill the bird bath with fresh water. And that chore is done.

Next tackle your bird feeders. Make sure to empty any old feed and seed hulls. Clean them by either washing in mild soapy water, rinsing well, or wipe clean with a damp cloth.  This is the perfect time to check for any damage. Cracks in a bird feeder will only get worse with freezing temperatures. Repair the ones you can, but replace those you can't.

The last step is the most fun. Fill your bird feeders with good appropriate seed mixes. There are many options available on the market. Some are designed for all seasons, some are designed just for the winter months. So choose which is best for the birds that enjoy your backyard.

A Word About Birdhouses in Winter


Personally, I refrain from even touching my bird houses once they securely in place. Many of my backyard birds return to the same nest in the same house year after year. They handle repairing the nest as needed. I don't want to add my human scent to their protected baby-rearing home.

Choose a New Bird Feeder


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If I don't need to replace a bird feeder, then I choose a new one just to offer more feeding stations for my backyard birds. My favorite is a window feeder. I have several already, but adding another one just makes viewing the Winter birds easier.

Window feeders are mounted to the outside of your window with suction cups. Most are very easy to remove for cleaning and refilling. Once it's filled with food, the birds have no problem finding it.

So take a little time to prepare your backyard for the birds that will share Winter with you. The chores are not difficult and it's a great time to show children the value of backyard birds. Make it an annual family event.


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6 comments:

  1. As winter approaches, it's important to prepare your backyard bird feeding stations and I can see how enjoyable it would be to involve the whole family in this project. Two of my relatives have multiple birdhouses and bird feeding stations and it's always such fun to watch the birds come year round.

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  2. I'm a crazy bird lady (according to a certain daughter-in-law) and truly love getting feeders ready for the new season. I cleaned all the feeders a few weeks ago and have them filled with winter food, which the usual species are enjoying. It's also been very dry here this summer so I brush out the bird bath at least once a day and refill it. Honestly, sometimes I think the birds are watching for me and announce to their buddies that new water has arrived once I've finished that chore. For those who've never been into feeding birds, you're missing so much of God's amazing creation. Follow the advice and the links above and make a bird happy today!

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  3. I love having the birds in my yard! They are always such beautiful flashes of color on a cold, wintry day. I very much appreciate the reminders to start taking care of those precious creatures now instead of waiting and wishing I had done the preparations while we were still enjoying warm days.

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  4. My husband and I thoroughly enjoy sitting at our kitchen table watching the birds, squirrels and rabbits. Thanks for you great tips.

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  5. We love birds too! These are good tips to prepare for winter backyard birds!

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  6. My friend is very good at getting birdhouses prepped for the winter here - they're bird lovers and I always love watching the birdies through their window

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