The One to Count On...

Feeding Birds In Winter

Posted: Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 6:23 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel

Even though there is snow on the ground over the area, some birds are still in the area looking for food. ISU Extension Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist Patrick O’Malley says some birds who do not fly south for the winter build warmer nests. He says birds like cardinals and robins will stay throughout the winter. Birds that remain like to feed on hackberry and crabapple trees and some shrubs will also provide food. O’Malley says if you like to watch birds you can provide food for them in feeders and when doing so, make sure you have it set up as to not attract squirrels. He says many types of seed that can be purchased will inform you on what type of birds they attract. O’Malley continues to say providing food for birds does help them survive through the winter months. If you would like more information on feeding birds in the winter, contact the ISU Extension.