Bird feeders are a fun and attractive addition to any yard. Bird feeders come in many styles and varieties, from platform feeders to squirrel proof tube feeders and hummingbird feeders. The most common bird food is black oil sunflower seed, although peanuts, fruits, suet cakes, and mealworms are also popular.
Unfortunately, many people do not understand how vital it is to keep bird feeders full through the winter. There is a general misconception that birds fly south for the winter, so bird feeders can be brought indoors or neglected until the return of Spring. This is entirely untrue, as many birds remain in their northern habitats through the harsh and cold winter months and need food from humans to survive. Bluebirds and cardinals are examples of birds that will remain up north, and fruit and insect diets are impossible to maintain once the freeze sets in. Becoming educated on bird facts will help to ensure the correct feeders are being used for the different birds in each region, and the best foods are being provided.