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The Tweet on Birds

Winter is for the birds... literally! Now's the best time to sit back and enjoy the birds. Here's some fun bird facts and answers to all your burning bird questions:

How much do birds eat?
Birds have a high metabolic rate and an average body temperate of 100 degrees (F). They need to eat constantly to store up energy for the winter months and to burn off excess heat during the summer. Birds will eat their own body weight daily.

Do I need trees, shrubs and flowers to attract birds?
Birds prefer to live and eat in areas where cover in trees and shrubs is readily available.

Why do birds come to my feeder, take a seed or two and then fly away?
Some birds, like jays and nuthatches, take a seed or two and then fly to a perch to crack open the hull. They will then hide these seeds in trees and other places for use at a later time.

Why is all the seed on the ground?
Many birds do not like certain seeds and grains used in mixes. They will discard this unwanted seed while searching for more desirable seeds and grains. The higher the content of millet, milo, corn, wheat, oats, etc., the more uneaten seed you will see on the ground.

What do I do about the squirrels?
No matter what you do, squirrels will find their way to your feeders. Make sure to supply squirrels with foods they prefer such as corn on the cob or peanuts or a specialty squirrel food somewhere away from your bird feeders. Try to use bird feeders made with metal bindings or a squirrel-proof guarantee.

Why aren’t any birds coming to my feeder?
Make sure you are using the right seed mix for the birds in your area and that the seed is fresh. You should also ensure that you are using the right feeder to attract the birds and that there are not any cats or birds of prey nearby.

Where should I put my feeder?
Make sure your feeder is close to natural cover like trees and shrubs. Tie a small piece of tin foil on your feeder so it glints in the sun. The birds will have an easier time spotting the feeder.

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