Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at 4:27 pm
While feeding birds during wintertime you must keep on providing food and water during nesting season. Natural food sources may not be readily available during spring season, and time spent on the nest or tending to new hatchlings leaves fewer hours for birds to hunt food. Cold can put a damper on spring blossoms which leaves birds and butterflies looking hard and long for nectar and pollen. Most plants have not yet produced a crop of seeds or nuts this season, and freezing nighttime temps can lessen the number of insects available to birds foraging for meals.
Residents who keep bird feeders, bird baths and / or nesting boxes in place while birds raise their spring broods not only help their feathered friends provide for their young, they can also enjoy watching the bird’s comings and goings. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, February 1st, 2013 at 12:25 pm
The ongoing winters with sudden drop in temperatures often brings in surprises for the birds. Even the garden birds start facing food problems during such tough seasons.
During these tough winters the natural food sources must be ensured along with easy availability of water in your garden so that the birds could survive healthily. When the snow and ice are there, birds will need all the help they can get to survive the winter.
However, the range of bird seeds, fat-balls and other so-called bird-friendly items can leave gardeners baffled as to what’s best for our strayfeathered friends. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 11:23 am
Leafy habitats and dedicated corners in the garden provide shelter for small animals that need to hibernate uninterrupted and for beneficial insects. If you just pile up a few logs in a quiet, shady spot and you will observe that beetles, spiders and bees will be making a home out of this damp log cabin. Log piles may also be housing slugs and snails, which in turn will attract blackbirds and wood mice looking for a meal, while hedgehogs may also forage for insects and slugs.
While shaping your garden as a shelter for wildlife better avoid being so tidy instead. Areas of long grass and piles of leaves, stones and twigs provide shelter for many beneficial insects and small mammals. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 7:48 pm
Things slow down in winter and you have plenty of time to enjoy the moments, from inside the warm house or outdoors in the cold air.
While planning for your winter garden you should consider and decide upon what trees and shrubs will add to the winter landscape. Include trees and shrubs with berries on them like highbush cranberry, American mountain ash, crabapple, dogwood and bittersweet. Not only will they provide food, but also shelter, for birds from fall through the winter months. Evergreens are always high on my list as the snow draping their branches is at times magical, almost like a snowcastle.
Feeding birds and other wildlife in the winter could be one of your favorite pastimes. It’s going to put a smile, or sometimes a scowl, to your face. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 12:46 pm
Several types of bird-feeders are available these days and you should select the one to buy according to the birds you wish to attract in your home and garden.
Basic platform feeders are all time favorites because they generally hold a lot of seeds and provide a perching area for several birds at a time. Covered platform feeders are recommended because they protect the food from rain.
You will find several different styles of hanging feeders, including tube feeders and bowl feeders, will attract the smaller songbirds — and will be used less frequently by larger birds, such as cardinals, that rarely feed on swaying feeders.
Tube feeders with multiple seed ports for small birds and a roof to keep rain and snow out are the easiest to hang from almost any sturdy branch or hook.
Platform feeders with a roof set on a post work well for larger birds like juncos, sparrows, towhees, quail and doves but also draw squirrels that can empty a feeder in no time.
It’s important to keep the seed dry so that mold and diseases don’t form. Wet seed also freezes, making the birds work harder to get it.
Hang feeders where you can see them but close to large dense trees or shrubs so the birds have a quick place to hide if a predator shows up. We’ve had hawks try to snatch birds right off the feeders.
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 12:34 pm
You must be enjoying the holidays with full throttle these days and it is quite obvious that you are not paying full attention to your garden and gardening activities owing to celebrations of Christmas holidays.
As soon as you get free from these holidays you will obviously have certain activities that need your attention in the garden. You may start thinking and acting over any or all of these activities as per your convenience during coming days and weeks.
- Just surf on the internat and book tickets to any of the forthcoming gardening shows scheduled in the year 2012.
- Clean out the garden shed or garage and reduce, recycle or re-use anything that you might otherwise discard to the every decreasing landfill sites. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, December 26th, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Many gardeners love to feed birds in their homes and gardens. Many people maintain natural areas and specific plantings for birds.
Bird feeding is important especially during the winters when migrants as well as local birds readily flock to feeders and provide many hours of watching pleasure for backyard birders.
Bird feeding is generally believed to be a winter activity, but it can be a year-round hobby. Fewer birds will use feeders in the summer, but those species that do will reward their human hosts by bringing their new offspring to the feeders, too. Read the rest of this entry