Attracting Winter Birds, Deux!

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By Deb Quantock McCarey

Contributing reporter/Nature blogger

Based on some tips I received from that naturalist at Trailside Museum of Natural History in River Forest, I began putting out treats for the tweets:   black oil sunflower, nyjer and safflower seed in a hanging hopper, tube and platform feeder.
And, since then, oh boy have some pretty ones preened for me, with no binoculars needed for this budding bird watcher.
Oh the inter-flocked mix are a cloud of sparrows, but they do not crowd out the hungry House Finches, Black Capped Chickadees, Juncos and pairs of Cardinals.
In, or nearby my winter garden, the songbirds are also eating what they can forage from the still standing native plants, shrubs and nearby trees, which also provide them shelter from predators and the temperament of winter.
What a back to nature moment it has been hearing these birds sing in the early AM, and again later as the sun sets.
photo by Kevin J. McCarey

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Lisa Rybicki from Oswego  

Posted: January 31st, 2015 7:11 PM

I used to cut spent perennials back in Fall, but now we let them be. A number of juncos, cardinals, sparrows and mourning doves and the rare cedar waxwings and robins find something to forage. Then the blue jay gang shows up for the heated bath and everyone scatters. But only temporarily....the jays don't stick around if we don't have peanuts to offer, and the others slowly return.

Deb Quantock McCarey from Oak Park  

Posted: January 28th, 2015 8:05 PM

As gardeners, and stewards of the planet, I celebrate the chance to collectively share what we learn from each other as we work our landscapes. Thanks!

Mena Boulanger from Oak Park  

Posted: January 27th, 2015 4:45 PM

Yesterday a Cooper's Hawk visited the back garden! Quite a wonderful sight, and all the birds quietly disappeared from view while it was here. Highly recommend feeders and a heated saucer with fresh water......wonderful birds in our community!

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