Cold months are hot for backyard bird activity. Create a place that attracts birds to your yard and more importantly, helps them survive the season. Creating a bird habitat is simple. All it takes is food, water and shelter. Any size backyard or even a balcony can become a home for birds this winter.
Create a Winter Habitat for Birds:
- Place bird feeder where it is visible to birds and not more than 12’ away from the shelter of a tree or shrub.
- Choose a variety of food to attract different birds, such as peanuts, sunflower seeds, suet and anything high in fat. Ask your Home Depot Garden Center associate to help you choose the perfect food for your winter flock.
- Fill feeder.
- Add a birdbath to provide birds with water.
- Place the birdbath in a visible, sunny spot.
- Keep the water clean and refreshed throughout the winter. Adding stones or sticks on top as perches will keep birds from bathing in dangerously cold temperatures.
- Concrete birdbaths need to be stored or covered in freezing temperatures to prevent cracks and leaks.
- Allow seed-bearing flowers to drop seeds in garden beds.
- Leave leaf litter in your yard for the food, water and shelter it provides.
Get kids involved. Make mini feeders out of pine cones, peanut butter and bird seed, or string nuts, cranberries and popcorn into garlands for wildlife to enjoy.