The temp this morning is well below freezing and the birds are flocking to the feeders to enjoy a morning meal.  Glad we have plenty of seed and have ensured our feeders are clean and ready for the onslaught.

The squirrels are also enjoying the peanuts we place in their "nut house" and of course we through seed on the ground for them as well as the ground feeding mourning doves and other birds.

It look like it will be a long winter so if you want to continue to keep your yard as a haven for birds, then provide them shelter, feed and water and you will see them all winter long.

Winter has come early this year as much of the country has already had snow.  As a nor'easter bears down on the Northeast today and many will see snow again this year (sorry Buffalo, NY), it is important that you've prepared your yard so that the wild birds will have additional sources of food, water, shelter to make it through the winter.

Stock up on wild bird feed and store in a steel garbage can or rubber/plastic sealed container to prevent unwanted intrusion by mice and other hungry critters.  We buy 50# bags of seed from Somerset Grain & Feed, a local store that provides excellent pricing and customer service.

Make sure your bird feeders are clean and in good shape.  We keep our feeders for many years but they need to be maintained to keep birds healthy.
  Make sure you clean them out well to remove dirt and green stuff that can accumulate if feed gets wet from the elements.  Hot water, soap and a long narrow scrub brush will do the trick nicely.

If you are seeking some new feeders that the birds will love, check out the feeders we feature and use by clicking HERE.

And, remember to buy a heating element to keep your birdbath water from freezing over.  We recommend one we've been  using for 17 years and may be found by clicking HERE.

If you've planted your yard with plants that bear fruit and seeds, or have holly trees, you are providing the birds with a natural food source to sustain them through the winter.  Robins especially go for the red berries on the Holly trees. 

Your birds will seek out your yard as you've created a haven in which they can thrive.



    Jacqueline Totten is a bird lover whose backyard is a true haven for many different wild birds, squirrels, deer, rabbits, fox and an occasional bear.  She keeps the local Feed & Grain in business during the winter months with the amount of bird seed purchased.


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