Mid-January, and the supply of natural food is dwindling for the birds. Last week’s extended sub-freezing weather made the foraging even tougher, so it was time to get out the feeders.
I don’t start feeding until the berries are gone and the ground is frozen, for several reasons. First and foremost, is that the longer the feeders are up and the seed scattered around, the more chance there is of attracting Other Things Than Birds…
Rats and mice, squirrels, raccoons…Some are fun to watch (some aren’t), but I don’t want any of them associating my house and vegetable garden with dinner.
Oh, and the coyotes are happy eating birdseed, too. AND catching the little critters it attracts.
We don’t have bears on the island, but that can be a concern in inland spots.
While the smaller birds are feasting happily around the back porch, we toss our Distraction Food up by the wall. Dry corn, peanuts, seeds…it keeps the squirrels and the bigger birds from cleaning out the feeders.
Gives Angel something else to carry in a bucket, too.
She won’t be out-of-practice when Berry Season comes back around.