With cold temperatures and snow on the ground providing bird feed not only helps the birds out but it also provides you with a chance to sit
in a warm house, sip some piping hot chocolate, and watch the birds. Plus, if you can’t get out because of the weather at least you are getting a daily dose of Mother Nature.
The best seed to use is black oil sunflower. I purchase 50 pound bags and store the seed in a metal trashcan with a ridiculously tight fitting
lid. I tossed in an old plastic cup to use as a scoop and fill the bird feeders when they get low.
Save yourself the headache and buy the seed from a farm and fleet or seed and feed store. Buying from a box-store retailer simply means you
are paying more for an inferior product full of weed seeds. Don’t fret too much over seeds that fall to the ground. Dark-eyed juncos, cardinals, and mourning doves will come along and work on the clean-up.
If you have kids and a jar of peanut butter—send the kids outside to slather the peanut butter on the trunk of the trees. Wrens (yes,
these insect eating birds have been seen eating peanut butter), nuthatches, chick-a-dees, and tufted titmice will enjoy the extra calories.
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