Deb's Big Backyard

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Attracting Winter Birds, Deux!

photos and videos by Kevin J. McCarey
by Deb Quantock McCarey
At the end of last year, I kicked off my quest to strategically bring more winter birds to my backyard by adding a supplemental food source I was told would work.
Based on some tips I received from that naturalist at Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest, I began putting out treats for the tweets:   black oil sunflower, nyjer and safflower seed in a hanging hopper, tube and platform feeder.
And, since then, oh boy have some pretty ones preened for me, with no binoculars needed for this budding bird watcher.
Oh yeah...in the inter-flocked mix are a cloud of sparrows, but they do not crowd out the hungry House Finches, Black Capped Chickadees, Juncos and pairs of Cardinals.
In, or nearby my winter garden, the songbirds are also eating what they can forage from the still standing native plants, shrubs and nearby trees, which also provide them shelter from predators and the temperament of winter.
What a back to nature moment it has been hearing these birds sing in the early AM, and again later as the sun sets.
photo by Kevin J. McCarey
 

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