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February 2022
Issue 158
Hello Great Gardeners,

Did you know that February is National bird feeding month?

Today, more than 50 million Americans put out a billion pounds of bird feed each year. In fact, according to Wikipedia about one in three adult Americans feed wild birds in their backyards. The relaxing hobby that helps people feel more connected to nature is now known as the second most popular hobby in America. Gardening is listed as the number one hobby.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

Winter Bird Feeding
A backyard habitat that includes evergreens for shelter and berry-producing plants for food is an excellent beginning for attracting birds. However, nothing is quite effective as providing bird feeders and food around your backyard, especially in fall, winter, and early spring.
Different birds eat different things, so it helps to provide a variety of food choices.
  • Black Oil Sunflower: Is meatier and higher in oil content than striped sunflower seed. It also has a thinner shell making it easier for birds to crack open.
Favorite of American Goldfinch, Cardinals, Chickadees, House Finches, Blue Jays, Sparrows, Titmice, Towhees, and Mourning Doves
  • Nyjer: High oil content makes this an excellent energy source for active birds.
Favorite of American Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finches, and Mourning Doves
  • White Proso Millet: Slightly sweet and high in protein.
Favorite of Juncos, Towhees, Cardinals, Doves, Finches, Sparrows, Wrens, and Pigeons
  • Safflower: High in protein and fat.
Favorite of Chickadees, Juncos, Titmice, Cardinals, Purple Finches, and Blue Jays
  • Suet: High energy food, especially valuable in cold weather.
Favorite of Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Bluebirds, Blue Jays, and Cardinals
Types Of Feeders
Tube feeder
If you hang just one feeder, this should be it. Choose a model with metal ports around the seed dispensers to deter squirrels. Hang it at least 5 feet off the ground, and 3 feet (or 30-plus feet) from a window to avoid bird collisions.
Seed types: black oil sunflower, mixed seed, safflower, peanuts

Birds: Chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches, siskins, purple and house finches
Hopper feeder
With these feeders you can keep an abundant supply of seed dry and ready for visiting birds. The weight of the arriving birds triggers the release of seeds. Position this feeder on a pole about 5 feet off the ground, or hang it from a tree branch.
Seed types: safflower, sunflower, cracked corn

Birds: attracts all the species that visit tube feeders, plus larger birds like cardinals, jays, grackles, red-winged blackbirds
Suet feeder
Hang suet in mesh onion bags or purchase a cage feeder. You can make your own suet “pudding” by grinding suet and adding seeds. Create homemade suet feeders by packing the mixture into the crevices of large pine cones.
Seed types: suet and bird puddings

Birds: woodpeckers, titmice, nuthatches, chickadees; occasionally wrens, creepers, warblers
Thistle feeder
These feeders make seed available only to small-beaked finches. Hang them from a tree or place on a 5-foot pole near other feeders.
Seed types: nyjer (a.k.a. thistle) seed

Birds: goldfinches, redpolls, pine siskins
Ground feeder
A simple screen-bottomed tray that typically sits several inches off the ground or on a deck. Some have covers to keep out snow; others may have wire mesh to keep out squirrels and large birds like crows. Place at least 10 feet from trees or shrubs to give birds a chance to escape predators.
Seed types: mix of cracked corn, milo, millet; also sunflower seed, mixed seed, wheat, oat

Birds: doves, juncos, sparrows, towhees, goldfinches
Ice-Covered Trees? What to do and what not to do!
Here is a good article from Alpine Tree about what to do and not to do when it comes to ice on your trees and shrubs.
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1 c. of warm water
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1/4 c. of sugar
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2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 teaspoons of orange zest
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