“In much of North America, winter can be a difficult time for birds. The days are short, and nights are often cold and long. The natural food supply has been consumed or is hidden by snow. Most insects are dead or dormant. Water can be hard to find, and food needed to provide the energy to keep birds warm might be scarce. Finding shelter may not be easy. If there are limited natural evergreens or shelter, birds may seek manmade houses or habitats that can provide refuge from the winds, rains, ice or snow of winter,” according to a very helpful article published on the Wilds Birds Unlimited website. To help our feathered friends, let’s be sure to have enough food available to keep up with their high metabolism.
Suet is invaluable as part of a bird’s winter diet because of its high fat and high protein content, which help to keep them warm on our frigid Wisconsin days and nights. To help you feed your neighborhood birds adequately this winter, we’ve expanded our selection of food options and now offer 16 different kinds of suet (blocks and logs), in addition to an expanded selection of seed varieties. We also have many new hopper feeders with built-in suet cages. Stop in sometime soon and visit our newly remodeled and expanded Backyard Bird Center.