As I write this column, the autumn season is just beginning in our area.  The leaves are turning color, some are falling, most are awaiting their turn to do both.   The cooler temperatures and shorter daytimes are signals to our wild birds that preparations must start now for the upcoming winter season.

In spring, wild birds are interested in nesting territories.  In fall, these same birds dedicate their daytime hours to establishing feeding territories.   Your neotropical birds have migrated to warmer climates where their natural food supplies exist.  As the name suggests, your resident birds remain in your region year round.   These birds may include cardinals, chickadees, mourning doves, titmice, woodpeckers, blue jays, finches, etc.

You may see these birds flocking in mixed species.  For instance, chickadees, titmice, and downy woodpeckers are known to flock together in cold seasons.   Scientists believe these birds have learned that more sets of eyes find more sources of food and offer better protection from predators.    Once the spring seasons set in, these same flocking birds will break off into each species own nesting territories.

Just like your birds, now is the time to change your feeding station’s locations.  In our area, snow depths of over 3-4 feet are not uncommon.  Like many people, we choose to feed our birds away from our house in the warm months.   Our decks and patios are filled with human activity and are not conducive to attracting wild birds.   The simple comfort zone the edge of our property offers is quieter and away from human or pet contacts.

However, we choose not to shovel 50 feet to the property edge to feed our birds in the winter seasons, so we relocate our bird stations onto our decks and patios.   This movement allows us easier access to our feeders.    Since we do not use these areas in cold weather, our birds are comfortable closer to our home and we do not have to remove several feet of heavy snow to refill the feeders.   Plus, we get the added pleasure of seeing our winter feathered guests up close in freezing temperatures.

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So use this time wisely to reassess your bird feeding locations now before the ground hardens.  This also allows your birds time to adjust to the new locations as well.   Enjoy your birds!