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Taking care of the winter birds

Taking care of the winter birds

Providing the right conditions will help to attract them to your yard

It has been a few years since my wife and I have stayed in Manitoba for the winter but this year we are staying home. One result of this decision is that we will be able to enjoy the birds that frequent the feeders in our front yard. Winter birds are a real treat to

A heated bird bath will provide a source of water all winter.

Winter weather doesn’t stop birders

This is one of the best times to watch for birds and the lack of foliage makes it easier to spot them

Winter’s arrival doesn’t put a stop to birding in Manitoba, as this can actually be one of the best times for birdwatching. The variety of birds is, of course, much less, but that makes it easier to identify them. Birds may also be easier to see against the snow than hidden in grass or foliage,


Suet will attract some types of birds like this pileated woodpecker.

Get ready for winter bird feeding

Different types of feeders and what you put in them will attract different species

It’s that time of year again — time to get out the bird feeders, mix up a batch of suet and seeds, and prepare to spend some time watching the hardy winter birds enjoying a feast in your backyard. We may not look forward to the cold weather and snow, but there are some perks

A male goldfinch is a dull beige in winter but sheds these feathers 
for brighter-coloured ones.

Springtime means changes in bird behaviour

Watch for colour, diet and vocal changes in many varieties and the different ways they go about attracting a mate

With the end of winter, birders begin to clean out bird feeders and change the type of food, as spring species begin arriving. They may also be brushing out and closing up birdhouses for bluebirds, tree swallows and wrens, or putting up new ones. But it’s not just birders who prepare for spring. Birds, too,

If you feed the birds why not record the visitors that you’re getting?

Time to count some birds

Annual event is this month and you could contribute some valuable information

Do you put out food for birds in winter? If so, why not take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), an annual four-day count held in February each year? This year it will take place February 12 to 15 (the Louis Riel holiday weekend). The Great Backyard Bird Count has been held throughout


bird house

Winter shelter for backyard birds

Roosting boxes help our feathered friends survive the harsh winter weather

With the arrival of colder weather, it’s time to start thinking of how to help those birds which overwinter here. Many of us put out food for them (sunflower seeds for chickadees and nuthatches, peanuts for blue jays, and niger seed for various finches), but shelter is another consideration. Freezing rain or deep snow, bitter

Purple finch at bird feeder.

This winter is NOT ‘for the birds’

Deep snow and cold temperatures are no doubt why there are fewer birds visiting backyard feeders

While you may think our harsh winter weather is “for the birds,” you might be wrong. People who regularly feed birds are experiencing a disappointing year. The number of birds visiting backyard feeders has dropped drastically. While the decline is most likely due to shortages of natural food, it is a safe bet that deep

Fall Bird-Feeding Tips

Red River Basin Commission Fall is a dynamic season of change and adaptation for birds, providing you the opportunity to attract migratory birds in addition to the permanent residents that visit your bird feeders year round. Food habits change as seasonal food supplies change. The high-protein insect diet characteristic of many birds in summer changes


Pellets And Fine Grind Most Efficient For Pig Diets

Bernie Peet is president of Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. of Lacombe, Alberta, and editor of Western Hog Journal. His columns will run every second week in the Manitoba Co-operator. Pelleted feed made of finely ground ingredients is considerably more efficient than more coarsely ground feed provided in meal form, according to a recently published large-scale

Selectively Feeding The Birds

I am among the many Prairie folks who enjoy feeding winter birds, and it provides a bit of cabin fever relief during the long, cold months. A favourite is the chickadee. Even on the coldest of mornings chickadees faithfully arrive at the feeders, and their cheerful “Hi sweetie” calls brighten the day. One species that