We have several types of beautiful birds here in northeast Ohio that don’t make the pilgrimage south each year such as:
- Tufted titmice
We are also very fortunate to have some really great places to go to observe them in their natural habitats.
But, while this is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, it isn’t necessary to travel farther than your own backyard to observe and show your love for these graceful creatures. During these harsh winter months birds are in survival mode. Food, fresh (unfrozen) water and shelter can mean the difference between life and death for these little animals.
Birds require high calorie foods to provide the energy they need to stay warm. Supplying these essential elements for them can as easy as setting up a bird feeder in the backyard, and observing them can be a fun winter activity for the family.
[cardinal] Field guides are available for sale at local bookstores or there are local websites on the internet ready to help you identify birds you may see. A couple of great resources for bird watching and identification are lakeerieohiobirding.info, northernohiotourism.com. and www.stark.kent.edu/about/sustainability/upload/birdbrochure.pdf is a great beginner identification guide.
Attracting hungry birds to your feeder may not be your only guests showing up for dinner, squirrels are going to take notice as well.
Our next article will feature some cleaver tips to keep pesky squirrels from helping themselves to your bird feeder.
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