Feed it to the birds

Thu. Oct. 12, 2017

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Winter winds will be blowin’ soon!  There’s nothing like calming your spirit after a slushy, bumper to bumper ride home than watching the brilliant Red Cardinal feasting on birdfood out your window.   Contrary to what some people think, feeding the birds in winter is a good idea.

Cardinals larger

How many Cardinals can you count?  These are male and female.  Be sure to place your feeders where you can see them but where predators can’t get to them.  When choosing feed, think about what kind of birds you want to attract.

To attract the biggest variety of birds choose Black Sunflower Seed.

Goldfinches love Niger seeds, they’re a little more expensive.



Safflower seeds, which squirrels, starlings and blue jays don’t like, are great attracters for Cardinals, Chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers.

Suet is favored by Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Purple Finches and Nuthatches.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Keep your feeders clean, nobody likes moldy seed!

Here’s a link to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and their Winter Bird Feeding Tips