Thursday, February 10, 2011

Winter Birds in the Wildlife Garden

by Carole Brown

Birds are especially visible in our wildlife gardens in winter, and they are not as fragile as we may think. Access to food, water, and shelter will help them get through the cold winter days.

Water is one of the most important elements to provide for birds in the wildlife garden in winter. While birds are able to melt snow to drink, this consumes a lot of energy. Providing clean unfrozen water will help them conserve their energy. I use a heated dog dish in which I place a brick to allow the birds to drink, but not bathe.

Cold birds are slow birds, and frozen feathers are not helpful in escaping predators. During the winter, the Robins line up at this water to get a drink, which is so much fun to watch! Read the entire article with bird photographs.

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