As you've spent most of the summer at home, have you been looking for extra projects to keep the family busy? Maybe you've listed your house among Mansfield homes for sale and have been getting your home shipshape for potential buyers, but you've still got time on your hands. Has the urge to feed your backyard birds flitted across your mind? Helping them out — especially as the weather gets colder — is a fine thing to do.
But it's not enough to toss out pieces of dried bread. Bread has no nutritional value for birds and can be harmful by filling them up so they don't eat the foods they need. If you're going to feed the birds, invest in good quality seed.
Here are some additional tips for helping your local feathered friends get the nutritional boost they need.
The first thing you'll find when you go shopping for feeders is how many types there are. This is important because some feeders are suited to certain species more than others. You need to determine what kinds of birds visit your yard or are likely to visit if you have the proper feeder and food. Talk to your local Audubon Society or wildlife experts. It's best to visit a store where good quality feeders and seed are sold if you have one near you. If not, you can go online and study up on types of feeders.
Here are some of the kinds you might choose from:
You'll find that some birds may stick around your yard year-round, including blue jays, crows, chickadees, English sparrows, titmice, and some others. But others will be seasonal. Migratory birds may pass through in spring and fall; some migrants may hang out in your yard after they have nested and raised their infants. Still others may be winter visitors in our region, such as juncos, white-breasted nuthatches, goldfinches, and house finches.
Be sure that when you buy seed you opt for the kinds that will be appropriate for your seasonal visitors.
Some additional tips to ensure your backyard birds' health and safety: