This time of the year can be hard on wild birds.
Temperatures can still be quite frigid.
It’s even worse when the weather is transitional fluctuating from warm days back to extreme cold days.
These extreme fluctuations in the temperature can be even harder on birds.
One thing I do not want to do is create a dependency.
Wildlife needs to stay wild so that they can fend for themselves.
There are ways to help the birds without causing dependency.
Protect Wild Birds In The Winter
What You Can Do To Protect Wild Birds In The Winter And Transitional Seasons:
Provide High Fat Foods
Foods that are high in fat help birds produce energy to keep them warm.
Some high-fat foods you can offer are suet, peanuts, fruit, millet, and of course, bird seeds.
Leave A Light On
Birds will often use a house light to warm up.
A light under an eve is best as it provides warmth and wind protection.
Speaking of wind protection you can build a wind barrier for the birds to rest behind.
Getting out of the cold wind gives them a chance to warm up and collect energy.
Birdhouses are an obvious choice and a great way to help protect wild birds in the winter.
They provide shelter from cold winds and safety from ice, snow, rain, and other weather conditions.
Provide Sawdust or Peat Moss
Place sawdust or peat moss in birdhouses, eves, bowls or boxes to give birds a warm place to rest.
Either of these placed into birdhouses is a luxury for birds in the winter!
Leave Icicles Alone
Leaving icicles hanging provides birds a source of water once they begin to melt even a little.
Do however knock them down if they are hanging in dangerous areas like under doorways or walkways.
Don’t forget to protect yourself and your family in the winter too!
The above are some easy ways to help our feathered friends in the winter.
Do you know of any other methods for aiding birds in cold weather?
What is your favorite idea from the list?