Keep An Eye Out for New Visitors
Fall and Winter are moving in, but that isn’t the only thing new around here. You may have spotted a few feathered out-of-towners that may be sticking around for winter.
Winter is a great time to look for uncommon bird species. Juncos and other sparrows and finches may be making a repeat appearance in your yard this winter as many of them come back to the same exact location each year.
Some common Fall/Winter visitors include:
California & Spotted Towhees
Bewicks & House Wrens
Woodpeckers such as Nutalls, Downey, Hairy, as well as the Northern Flicker and Red-naped Sapsucker
White and Red Breasted Nuthatches
Anna's, Rufous/Allens, & Costas Hummingbirds (Here year-round in Southern California so keep your feeders up!)
Keep your feeders full and look for birds associated with “irruptions.” When natural winter food supplies are scarce in northern Canada, numerous bird species “irrupt,” migrating south in search of food.
Offer a Variety to Get a Variety!
Not all birds eats the same thing. To get a variety offer a variety.
Some great offerings include:
Peanuts (with shell and without)
Suet Cakes, Cylinders, & Stackables
Black Oil Sunflower
The most common irruptive birds are Pine Siskins and Purple Finches
Be a seasonally savvy bird feeder by offering the right food (in the right place), to better your chances of attracting some of these birds.
Lovers of millet, you can attract Juncos to your yard by offering WBU Deluxe Blend in a ground feeder or hopper feeder. They’re persistent foragers and have been known to burrow through snow in search of seeds.
Pine Siskins & Purple Finches
These “winter finches” are attracted to WBU Finch Feeders filled with Nyjer® or WBU Finch Blend. You can also attract them to your Seed Tube Feeders by offering blends with sunflower chips like our WBU No-Mess Blend.