Winter is a Great Time to Enjoy Feeding The Birds
bird feeding is a source of
enjoyment for our family,
nothing beats the rewards
of winter feeding. Step
outside to fill your feeders
and just “listen”
to how much the
birds love you.
The bright Blue
Jay will announce to the
neighborhood your arrival.
Quickly I start to hear my
favorites, the Chickadees,
making their chick-a-deedee-dee calls. No sooner
than you step back inside
than you’re likely to see the
vivid red of a male Cardinal
scanning the ground for
seeds you’ve dropped.
When should you
feed? When you can enjoy
it, but just like you and me,
the birds are hungry when
they roll out of bed (or off the
perch, as the case may be).
Start your pot of shadegrown
coffee and then pull on a
jacket, slip into boots and
fill your feeders. The chill
morning air will quickly wake
you, and you get the bonus energy needs, I feel
of a show of color, sound
feeding “suet” is a
and enthusiasm equalled by must. Suet is high
no morning TV or radio talk in fat (2.5 times the
calories per gram
In cold weather,
than grains), it’s a
birds become big eaters
out of necessity. Margaret
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research in Wisconsin,
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have no grain
fillers. Want a suet feeder
that birds love so much
you can’t keep it filled??
Try our Suet Logs and
our “Songbird Suet Plugs.”
The Plugs are made to our
specifications (they contain
no fillers and they fit our log
holes). I guarantee this will
be the favorite feeder in the
Want to start or end
your day stress-free? Now
is the time to enjoy bird
feeding. You and your birds
will be glad you did!! Enjoy!!
This Christmas season
remember God created
nature as our stress reliever
& never forget, it’s a time for
celebrating the greatest gift
ever shared...”the Father has
sent the Son to be the Savior
of the world.” (1 John 4:14)
A Winter Spa for the Birds
A Guaranteed Way to Increase Your Backyard Activity
What’s a sure way to attract birds to your feeders?
Offer water....especially in winter! About 70% of a bird’s nonfat body tissue is water, that needs to be maintained to avoid
dehydration. Birds find some water in natural food sources insects, berries, and even from snow - but when those supplies
dwindle, the water YOU supply is even more vital!
Open water in freezing weather will attract as many or
more birds as a well-stocked feeder! Birds use it to help keep
themselves warmer in winter! By cleaning their feathers and
grooming them with natural oils, our feathered friends are able
to help insulate their bodies from cold.
You can keep water thawed with a submersible heater
placed directly in the water... it’s economical and safe as long
as you use a high-quality, outdoor extension cord to plug the
heater into an electrical source. In winter use a rough-surfaced,
plastic saucer for a bird bath....ceramic and concrete ones,
though fine for summer use, will crack easily in frigid weather.
As firm believers in providing water year round, we
stock every birdbath heater and heated birdbaths on the
market and they are priced right!! The quality of the heater is
usually reflected in the cost. Less expensive heaters work in
moderate weather in smaller baths, but as you go up the line
you can purchase heaters with thermostats, auto shut-offs,
and longer guarantees. The more expensive heaters usually
have more wattage and work at lower temperatures to keep
the water thawed. Below are some of our favorites - Including
New ones!! Want to have an easy clean heated bath that
easily attaches to a deck rail? Try Bird Man Mel’s favorite - the
ALLIEDPR650 with it’s tilt & clean feature!
FIBD80 - Terra Cotta
FIGBD80 - Green
We like the “raised island” in these new baths as well
as their “Heavy Rugged” construction.
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FIGBD70 - Green
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It is sometimes thought that metal perches on bird feeders are too
cold in winter and that birds’ feet will freeze to them. This is not
true. The fact that our own skin may freeze to metal is due to the
moisture given off from our sweat glands. Bird’s feet have no sweat
glands and, in fact, are covered with horny scales. They cannot freeze to metal.
Bird’s feet also have very few blood vessels in them so that when they stand
on cold objects the cold is not transferred to the rest of their bodies. This is why
gulls, ducks, and geese are happy standing on ice for hours or even all night.
Edible Wild Bird Seed Wreaths & Ornaments
Meet the Dark-Eyed
• Found throughout North
America during the winter
• Upper parts are grey with bright white
• Nicknamed the Snowbird
• Their outer white tail feathers visible in
flight signal their arrival to your feeder
• Juncos are lively birds and often visit
feeders during the worst of weather
The Songbird Cedar Ground Tray is a
Adding a Rhythm Section to Your Back Yard
“Attracting & Identifying Woodpeckers (Part 2)”
In our last issue we talked
about how in backyards across Mid
MO we can attract up to 7 different
kinds of Woodpeckers (Downey,
Hairy, Red-Bellied, Pileated, Red
Headed. Northern Flicker, & Yellow
Bellied Sapsucker.) We’ll discuss in
more detail in this article the last 5.
After the Downey & Hairy
we discussed in our last newsletter,
the Red Bellied is probably the most
common Woodpecker in Central
MO. This woodpecker
is often mistaken
for a Red Headed
Woodpecker as its
undersided & hard to
see Red Belly throws
people off as they
often don’t notice that
the silky scarlet on this
SESCS404 Woodpecker’s head
Suet Log w/o is only its nape & not
it’s entire head. RedBellieds are about the size of Robins
& many folks call them “Zebrabacks”
because of their black & white striped
backs. Nuts, suet, & fruit are the Red
Bellied’s favorite food
in our backyard. Keep
out apples & jelly on
our Songbird Cedar
Fruit & Jelly feeder
& this woodpecker
& others will stop by
for a fruit
Woodpecker” is a
woodpecker with its
red. They have a
distinctive black &
white wing patches
& a white rump
& chest. You’ll
Red Headed mostly see these in
Woodpecker woodlands & open
rural country. Around here I see
its favorite feeders are our large
them most often around wooden light ultimate Woodpecker feeder & a tree
posts. Like all the Woodpeckers we
mounted suet feeder. I believe it
discuss in this article,
likes both locations
our large Ultimate
because it needs
a place to use its
& our “Tail-prop” suet
large bracing tail
feeder are the larger
Woodpecker’s favorite Last but not
least is the “largest commonly seen”
Woodpecker in the U.S. the Pileated.
This is the fellow Woody Woodpecker
was modeled after. At our present
home I dont have this huge visitor
(17-19”), but where we’re building
visitor we normally only
our new home I’ve seen & heard him.
see in Central MO in the
Why? More forrest & more mature
winter. You’ll more often
large & “dead trees”.
see evidence of them
You’ll recognize this
(neat rows of round or
Suet Feeder guy’s nesting home
squarish holes in tree
because it’s rectangular
trunks.) They are shy birds & once
& has a nest hole 3
they see you they go around to the
- 3 1/2” across. Like
opposite side of a tree trunk. If you
the Northern Flicker
follow it around, Sapsuckers will
(and Goldfinches) the
continue circling away
from you. Peanuts,
regurgitate food to feed
suet, & grape jelly are
their young. For sure
their favorite food at
“tree side mounted”
feeders. They seem to
suet & nut feeders are this big guy’s
love our Woodpecker,
Nuthatch, & Titmouse
Want rhythm in your yard?
Follow our tips for attracting the 7
I’ve saved two
different Woodpeckers in Central
big boys for last. The
MO & you’ll soon be drumming
Northern Flicker &
your fingers with Marching Mizzou!!
Pileated Woodpecker. The Norther
Enjoy the beat &
Flicker is “The Boss” in my backyard. sights!! Want to learn
Even the squirrels & starlings leave
more? Come in the
when he lands on a feeder. It’s a
store for a copy of our
bit amazing though, as his large
curved bill isn’t strong enough to dig
free brochure on
into hard trees. When you watch
the BWD “Enjoying
a Northern Flicker fly, you can
easily see the bird’s white rump &
the yellow underside of its wings &
tail & they seem to “flicker”. Its the
only brown-backed Woodpecker &
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its the only one to commonly feed
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on the ground as its main food
is ants. In our yard, hands down
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Ask Bird Man Mel
Q. I’m a greenhorn-I want to just buy one feeder. What do you
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Q. I’m worried about my birds surviving the cold. Any way I can help?
A. Yes, several ways. #1 Keep out Hi-Energy Foods like suet. Line your nest boxes with
clean field grass and even seal ventilation slots with window tape to keep out winter drafts.
I also put out roosting pockets as Wrens and Chickadees like them and use them to stay
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