Attracting Birds to Your Garden
birds to my garden in the winter months is extremely entertaining.
As the weather cools down many birds will migrate from the
higher elevations to the Puget Sound basin increasing the
number of varieties of birds for us to enjoy. The best way
to attract our fluttering friends is to have several different
styles of bird feeders and to have them at different heights.
Many birds will not visit a feeder if it is too far out in
the open so place some near bushes and trees. My favorite
style of bird feeder is the platform feeder. You can buy
platform feeders though the favorite one in my yard is simply
a decorative pot about 20” in diameter placed upside down.
Finch feeders and seed hoppers are also important for some
varieties of birds prefer those over a platform feeder.
the winter months it is also a good idea to offer birds some
suet. (Suet is usually a blend of lard and seed.) My favorite
visitor to my suet cage is the Common Flicker, a beautiful
woodpecker with a mostly grey head, brown wings with black
stripes, cinnamon color over its eyes and a red patch on
its throat. After visiting the suet cage he will typically
jump around my lawn searching for ants and other insects
to munch on. Many other birds such as chickadees and finches
also like the suet.
humming birds eat less nectar and more insects during the
winter months they do still appreciate sipping nectar from
my humming bird feeders. To complement your humming bird
feeder during this time you may want to plant some winter
blooming Camellias and the beautiful winter blooming Mahonias
for additional nectar and a place to find insects to help
complete their diet. Remember to frequently clean out your
humming bird feeder for humming birds are very finicky and
will stop visiting if the nectar gets too old.
some or all of these feeders will bring you and your family
a lot of joy and amusement and at the same time help get
our feathered friends through a cold and harsh winter.
- Erich Nordstrom - Hardgoods Buyer at Swansons Nursery