Well, those birds are really making their appearance known at the feeders, and let me tell you… it’s busy. Time to make a wish list for the birds… and squirrels. Here we go!
Chickadees – peanut halves and sunflower hearts, hmmm, and maybe some suet nuggets
Cardinals – lots of safflower, and maybe some peanut halves
Goldfinches – nyjer seed and finch and friends
Woodpeckers – definitely need to stock up on suet and peanut halves, don’t forget the Mill Creek Insect and Nut suet, definitely a favourite of theirs and will serve as Christmas Dinner
Mourning Doves – more safflower and white millet
Junco’s – white millet and finch and friends
Blue Jays – whole peanuts, these guys are pretty demanding, ohhh and corn cobs
Robins – yes I’m still seeing some, mealworms and possibly grape jelly
Nuthatches – sunflower hearts and peanuts… and suet
House finches – more safflower and sunflower hearts
House Sparrows – these guys will have to share with the others, there’s just too many of them
Purple Finches – safflower and sunflower hearts
I suppose they’ll all want another heated bird bath too, getting a little crowded out there. Maybe the Farm Innovators Four Seasons Ground Birdbath, the Doves will probably use it for a meeting area, they sure like to stand in the water and around the edges.
A Roosting Box would be a nice present. I’ll have to situate it on the east side of the yard facing south. That should give them a place to take refuge when the weather outside is frightful. This will also serve as a double gift as they can use it for a bird house in the summer if I reverse the position of the opening to the top… good plan.
Next on the list – squirrels – a bag of our squirrel mix and a new ground feeder, possibly two as the Junco’s, American Tree Sparrows and the Doves like to dine at ground level. A Squngee for the squirrels would be fun, then I’ll have to get another bag of corn cobs to go with that. I should get a bag of Happy Garden Mix to mix with everyone’s seed of choice for their Christmas dinner, they’ll all like that.
Well, that’s my shopping list for all the backyard visitors. I wish all of you a very happy holiday season and the very best in the new year.
Merry Christmas and Happy Birding!
Author – Jane Paradis