Do something for the environment by feeding wild birds that you find in your yard or landscape. In fact, February is Bird Feeding Month, so take care to pay attention to the birds and species that you see on your property. This will best guide you on how to supplement and feed these distinct birds.
February is for the birds, so here are tips for homeowners:
If you live in North America, you will likely see finches in your yard or garden. There are numerous species of finches, including the house finch and purple finch, but the most common is the American goldfinch. These are bright yellow birds that love to eat from bird feeders. This type of finch molt twice a year, so they may appear to be grey or green depending on the time of year.
Depending on the type of birds that you are feeding, there is a wide range of feeders that you can implement. In the case of finches, they are not fussy; finches will eat seed in feeder tubes, socks, and finch ‘stations’, while other species may be more particular.
Seed and Feed
When it comes to the common finch, seeds are the best type of food to provide. Sunflower seeds are high in important oils and are easy for smaller birds to consume. Talk to home and garden retailers for seed mixes and feed that is well suited to the bird species in your region.
Create a welcoming environment for finches- or whatever bird you are attracting to your yard or green space. Finches in particular are drawn to open areas that are grassy and lush, which is why planting native grasses and hardy plants make good sense. Also, choose plants and flowers that have a lot of seeds- like thistle or milkweed. Provide a source of freshwater for thirsty birds, tired from migration, to drink from and that won’t freeze during chillier weather.
Don’t forget to feed the birds along the coast or on the beach. Consider the wide variety of shorebirds scavenging and trying to eat during winter months. Some birds you might see include gulls, sanderlings, dunlins, sandpipers, terns, and loons. Teach children to respect birds and to care about the environment through bird feeding!
Bird watching is relaxing- and good for the ecosystem. Encourage others to take part and share in the joy of feeding and watching native bird species in your yard or garden. For in-home healthcare company based in or around Columbia, SC, call on the professionals at Caring Healthcare. They offer in-home care for the elderly, special needs children, and individuals with needs due to illness or disability. Call to learn more today.