Feeding and supporting birds in the winter
Winter can be tough for our feathered friends, but you can make a difference by putting out some food. Here's why it's a good idea and a couple of simple recipes.
Feeding birds during the winter not only supports their survival but also provides an opportunity to bird watch and learn more about them. In this blog, we'll explore the importance of winter bird feeding and will also share a couple of plant-based recipes so you can make your own affordable bird feed.
Why winter feeding can make a difference
🐦 Limited resources and scarcity of food
In winter, natural food sources for birds become scarce. Cold temperatures and frozen soil make it difficult for birds to find insects, seeds, and berries, which are essential components of their diet. Supplementing their food supply can make a significant difference in their survival rates and keep them safe in the colder months.
🐦 Extra food can help keep birds warm
Birds need extra energy to stay warm during the chilly months. By providing them with easily accessible food, you help them conserve energy that would otherwise be spent foraging in the cold.
🐦 Biodiversity boost in your garden
Winter feeding attracts a variety of bird species to your garden and is an amazing opportunity to spot birds you may otherwise not regularly see. Observing different birds can be a rewarding and educational experience for both adults and children. Why not see how many different species you can spot?
How to make bird feed at home
It is very easy to make your own bird feed and it doesn't take long at all. Here are some recipes you can follow:
Seed and Nut Balls
🌰 240 ml sunflower seeds
🌰 240 ml chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or peanuts)
🌰 120 ml vegan suet or coconut oil
🌰 120 ml whole wheat flour
🌰 60 ml dried fruit (raisins or chopped apricots)
🌰 15 ml maple syrup
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Form the mixture into small balls and let them cool and solidify in the refrigerator.
- Hang these seed and nut balls in a mesh bag or suet feeder.
Peanut Butter Pinecones
🥜 Pinecones (Tip: you can also use
🥜 100% peanut butter (make sure it's free of xylitol or any other harmful sweeteners)
- Spread peanut butter on the pinecones, covering them thoroughly.
- Roll the pinecones in birdseed until well coated.
- Hang these peanut butter pinecones from branches or place them on bird feeders.