(c) Jack Ballard
Bird-lovers often stock feeders during the winter to supplement natural food sources for their feathered friends and to entice various species within easy viewing distance of their homes. Blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches and a host of other species readily descend upon feeders to eat sunflower seeds or other offerings. However, some species of birds aren’t so easily enticed to a feeder.
Looking to increase the variety and frequency of birds visiting your backyard in the winter? It’s as easy as offering a bath. During the winter birds have a tough time finding water to drink. They also like to bathe, even when the temperature is far below freezing. Creating a frost-free birdbath is sa simple as acquiring a small, electric water heater to drop in the bath (available online or from most well-stocked birding stores). The heater keeps the water thawed and at a comfortable temperature for the birds. Keep your bird “bathtub” clean and full, and you’re sure to increase the number and variety of birds you see this winter.