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Part 4. Nest Boxes and Shelves

Part 4. Nest Boxes and Shelvesby Sharon David© Blue Bill (1996) Volume 43 No. 1 : 31-39.Printer friendly PDF version Introduction | Cavity Nesters and Nest Boxes | Buying or Building a Birdhouse | Bird House Building Plans | Platform Nesters | Discouraging Predators | References | Other web pages on Bird Houses Introduction Most backyards lack dead trees, also called snags, or damaged live trees, which are needed by cavity nesting … Read more

Part 3b: Attracting Butterflies

Part 3b: Attracting Butterfliesby Sharon David©Blue Bill (1996) Volume 43 No. 1 : 15-24.Revised December 1999 ©Sharon DavidPrinter friendly PDF version Butterflies | Designing a Butterfly Garden | Final  Note: Pesticide Usage | References | Other Web Pages on Butterflies Butterflies Some people may not be enthusiastic about attracting butterflies and all of their life cycle stages to their garden, but butterflies add colour, movement and beauty to the garden. They … Read more

Part 3a: Attracting Hummingbirds

Part 3a: Attracting Hummingbirdsby Sharon David© Blue Bill (1996) Volume 43 No. 1 : 15-24.Printer friendly PDF version Introduction | Hummingbirds | Using Feeders | Designing a Hummingbird Garden | References | Other web pages on hummingbirds Introduction In this part of Wildlife In My Backyard I will describe various gardens and flowers needed to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your backyard during the upcoming summer months. Gardening for hummingbirds and/or butterflies … Read more

Part 2: Trees and Shrubs as Natural Food

Part 2: Trees and Shrubs as Natural Foodby Sharon David© Blue Bill (1995) Volume 42 No. 4 : 107-113.Printer friendly PDF version Introduction | Planning Your Layout | Plant Species Summaries | Sources of Plants | References | Suggested Reading | Other web pages on wildlife gardens Introduction In this article I will discuss the trees and shrubs that you can plant in your yard to enhance it’s wildlifeness and … Read more

Part 1: Attracting Winter Birds and Bird Feeding

Black-capped Chickadee, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco. (c)Anthony Kaduck

by Sharon David and John McLaughlin
Part 1: Attracting Winter Birds and Bird Feeding PDF


In this article we discuss the different methods for attracting and keeping birds around during the fall and winter months.

The three main things one needs to provide to keep birds during the winter are food, shelter and water. But why feed birds during the winter? Winter brings a change in the availability of natural food. Insects become dormant and are unavailable to most bird species. While woodpeckers, nuthatches, and other insect eaters can pry grubs and hibernating beetles from under tree bark, some others are more dependent on the availability of seeds, fruits and nuts, such as grosbeaks, cardinals, and finches. Most birds supplement the natural foods that are available by visiting bird feeders for seeds and suet. This is especially true when a storm hits and their natural food becomes buried beneath the snow. As well, the days are becoming shorter and this reduces the amount of available time that the birds can forage for food, severely limiting the overall food intake per day.

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