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Bird Food Recipes: Winter

A Little Something For The Birds

Credit: Patricia Nading
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Here are some great bird food recipes, to be used anytime, but especially in the cold winter months.

In the winter, experts maintain the best way to bird–watch is in a comfortable chair by the window. By keeping a feeder stocked with a variety of foods, you can attract many different species of birds that will stay with you until spring.

Most people have good luck attracting birds by putting out feeders full of sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and millet, or by hanging mesh bags of suet. (Birds also need water, and you can provide sources ranging from a dripping icicle or a hanging bucket with a hole in the bottom to an electrically treated birdbath.)

But if you really want to impress your avian friends, here are a few recipes you can concoct—strictly for the birds!

If you enjoy birds, please visit our birding forum and share your thoughts!

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Anna's Hummingbirds typically

By Labrys5

Anna's Hummingbirds typically over winter in this area...I have one or two pair that stay in my yard all winter. I keep a saucer style feeder under the eaves, beneath a spotlight that keeps the food liquid and warm all thru the icy months.

Hi Sharon, i live about 25

By Lani

Hi Sharon, i live about 25 miles south of Seattle, and also see a hummingbird (or two) that do not migrate. I have winter blooming jasmine its yellow, and they love it. I love that its a natural food for them, that i don't have to thaw :)

What little I know about

By rosecottage4corinne

What little I know about hummingbirds is that most of them migrate in the winter months. And the way to tell if it is male or female is by looking at it's tail. When the tail is open females will have white in each outer corner. I feed my hummers in the winter also, but I don't thaw the feed or anything and they seem to do just fine.

I have alot of hummingbirds

By Sharon Waatti

I have alot of hummingbirds in my back yard. For the past 2 years, they all leave in the winter, except for 1. Don't know if it's a male or female, but I make sure the feeders are always full.When it freezes, I go out before it gets light and and bring the feeders in to warm them so it always has food.Is there a reason this little one doesn't go with the rest? I worry about it when we have winter storms here. We live about 25 miles north of Seattle.

I live south of Seattle and

By Syrbal

I live south of Seattle and feed Anna's Hummingbirds all winter...they actually do over winter in this area. I keep a feeder under the eaves beneath a spot light that warms the area and the flat saucer style feeder so it never freezes.

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