While the early fall here in the Ottawa area was quite tumultuous when it came to weather, things have seemed to have calmed down quite a bit over the past couple of weeks. Entering into a more “seasonal” temperature bracket, our migrating birds have left us and we have been treated to additional sightings to those passing on through our area.
The transition is still underway in many ways, as we patiently await our northern species to arrive for the winter months. That said, there is much to take care of while the weather is still comfortable outside as we prepare for another exciting season of birding.
As we get ready for Christmas and the winter birding season, here are some things to keep in mind to keep your backyard birds adequately sheltered and well fed as the mercury continues to drop.
As Bob is famous for saying; “birds eat to create heat”, it couldn’t be truer from now until the warmer weather in the coming spring. For many of us, that means slowly transitioning into a heartier diet and some more variety of foods out in our yards. Firstly, this time of year is a great time to change the seed you offer your backyard birds. Once finished with the last of our spring and summer blends, now is a great time to switch over to our winter blends filled with much-needed carbohydrates and fats to help our birds stay warm throughout the day and night. Both our Seasons Urban Blend and Seasons Woodland Blend change in late fall, because all of our blends are built with a very high food value for our birds they out perform at the feeder attracting far more birds, by doing so we also have a much higher consumer value.