Every winter, when the trees are stripped of their leaves, the fruit has either been picked or rotted away and the ground has frozen rock solid, our birds need help. Our help! They are fighting for their lives out in the cold, with very limited feeding possibilities. Insects have left the scene, as well as the worms and any other kind of food source that is readily available in summer. Not to mention that we want to have them around in winter. They are that spot of color that catches our eye in the otherwise, mostly dreary, winter landscape. They bring life back into the garden or backyard.
Preparing the Feeding Area
To start with you are going to want to choose a suspendable, decorative bird feeder to offer the food safely. Why suspendable? There are a few reasons; squirrels and cats. Even if you don’t have a house tiger, your neighbors might, and there is nothing more exciting for a cat than a fluttering little bird. Why decorative, because it will be an eye-catcher in your garden or yard. If you would like to enjoy watching the colorful visitors feed chose a spot visible from one of your windows, you probably won’t want to bundle up and go outside to watch them. You can either hang the feeder from a tree, a pole or attach it to an outside beam of your house.
Recycling is for the Birds
Don’t get upset, this is a very positive statement. Recycling your food is much better than throwing it away. Even if you compost, using this waste food to help our feathered friends survive is more valuable, because they are an important part of our eco system. So what can you feed them? Most important in winter is fat. This can come from your bacon drippings, or any kind of meat you fry up, which you can save in a tin can until you’re ready to feed it. Any kind of dry food like bread rinds, old cookies, leftover toast is also a welcome snack. Your breakfast leftovers can become lifesavers for these little guys. You can crumble your dry foods into the hardened grease and mix it up. If you have left over fruit cores or rinds, chop them up and serve them. If you want to treat them to something special add a few raisins, nuts or other dried fruits. You will see that if you pay attention to what’s left on you plates you are going to have quite a bit to offer, without stretching the budget.
Don’t forget the Drink
Another thing the birds will be missing is water. Once it’s frozen they won’t have access to it, so it’s nice if you can put out fresh, liquid water in the morning and maybe the afternoon, so they have enough to wash down the delicious meal you’ve already served them.
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Birding with the Family
Once you’ve established your bird feeder make use of it. It’s so enjoyable to watch the colorful birds interacting while feeding, and it’s a great way to get to know the different birds sharing your environment. This is your best way to teach your children about the birds in their environment close up and live.
Recycling is not only necessary in our day and age, it can be fun and it’s definitely to our advantage. Being able to help the environment swing back into a healthy cycle is a responsibility we all share and hopefully, take seriously. In this case I can say “Happy Recycling” because I know you’ll have fun.
Recycling Food to Winter Birds