Winter Bird Feeding at Daybreak Imagery, Part 1

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Northern Cardinal, Northern Flicker, American Goldfinches, & American Tree Sparrow on platform tray feeder

Feeding birds in winter is enjoyable.  Most of our feeders are at stations outside our office windows so we can birdwatch as we work.  It snowed here over the Christmas holidays and while Richard was outside photographing birds in the snow, I stayed inside holding down the fort in the office.  I’d take my computer-side breaks from captioning and keywording photos and gaze out my window at the birds. Sipping my cup of Trader Joe’s Bay Blend coffee laced with white chocolate mocha, I watched as the cardinals, juncos, woodpeckers, and chickadees would take their turns at the treats we provide for them.

We offer a variety of seeds, nuts, suet, and fruits, because just like different people prefer different foods, so do birds.  And since not all birds will eat at the same style of feeder, we own an array of feeders for every picky feathered eater.

Suet for Winter Birds

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White-breasted Nuthatch eating suet cake in winter

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Carolina Wren & Downy Woodpecker eating suet cake

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Tufted Titmouse & Carolina Chickadee eating beef suet

Suet is a big hit here in winter as birds tank up on energy foods to keep them warm.  Our birds prefer C&S Brand Peanut Treat that we put in wire basket feeders.  I also buy large grocery bags of beef suet from our butcher at Nuxoll’s in Effingham that we cut into chunks and stuff into suet feeders.  Woodpeckers will eat suet all year, but when it’s cold outside, Tufted titmice, Carolina chickadees, White-breasted nuthatches, Carolina wrens, cardinals, and more take their turns on the fat-feeders.

Nuts About Peanuts!

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Red-headed Woodpecker at peanut feeder

Our birds, especially the woodpeckers, go through 50 pounds or more of peanuts each winter.  We serve them in hanging wire peanut feeders.

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Northern Flicker male on peanut feeder

We buy raw,unsalted peants in bulk and store them and the beef suet in our deep freeze.

Seems like half of my freezer is for the birds!

We fill our tube, hopper, and platform feeders with:

  • black oil sunflower seeds for cardinals, goldfinches, blue jays, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, and native sparrows (white-crowned, white-throated, fox, American tree, song, and chipping)
  • nyger or thistle seed for the goldfinches, purple finches, house finches, and pine siskins

I also make a special mixture that we put in the two small feeders that are attached to our office windows with suction cups.  This brings the birds really close as they are only about 3 feet away from where I sit at my computer.  I chop peanut tidbits in my food processor, and mix with sunflower hearts, nyger/thistle seed, safflower, and a premium blend that contains chopped dried fruits and nuts for birds.

Check back in a few days for Part 2 of this Winter Birdfeeding Series on our blog!

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    Northern Cardinal pair at tray feeder in winter

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    American Goldfinches & House Finch on sunflower tube feeder

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