Whether or not we want to admit it, we are on the cusp of winter here in eastern Ontario. While we are in no rush to wish away this lovely fall we have been having, as birders, we must face the music and ensure our back yards are well prepared for the coming cold.
Our birds’ needs are not necessarily complex and can be often broken down into four essential needs: food, water, cover and nesting sites. As any avid birder will tell you, having these four factors taken care of typically brings a large variety of birds to your back yard, with the exception of nesting sites during the winter months.
In addition to providing high-grade seed, some nearby cover and a reliable water source, those that have spent the time over the course of the year cultivating natural habitats in and around their yards are likely to experience even more success. The knowledge of what kind of plants and natural cover are needed throughout different times of the year not only brings more birds to your yard, but also goes a long way in ensuring your birds have a safe and happy season.