Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Did you know that there are more chickens in the world than people? That a flock of crows is called a ‘murder’? Or that hummingbirds are the only birds who can fly backwards? It’s amazing what one can find when researching questions regarding our avian friends.

As the cold weather is now upon us, Briteland has received many queries as to how & WHAT one should feed the birds over the winter. From quails to chickadees, there are varying answers, depending on the species of bird.

For winter resident birds, this cold weather is extremely challenging. They no longer have access to the food sources that sustained them all summer and into early fall, and even shelter can become difficult to find. In warm weather, birds rely heavily on insects for food. But insects are dormant in winter months, when birds need even more calories to keep their bodies warm. If the temperature dips below freezing, water also disappears, giving way to ice. It’s at this time of year that birds need our help the most.

High-calorie and high-fat foods like oil sunflowers, suet and peanuts are all excellent options to place in bird feeders.  Well-meaning bird enthusiasts are cautioned against putting out bread for winter birds. Bread actually hinders avian digestion and if it’s fed to birds often enough, it can be fatal. Remember, also, that it’s essential to clean bird feeders weekly to avoid the buildup of mold and prevent the spread of disease.

Briteland carries a multitude of supplies for feeding our feathered friends … from seed to feeders. And no, you aren’t committed to buying a 50 lb bag of sunflower seeds!  We sell small quantities too… in handy portions just right for offering winged dinner guests a smorgasbord of choices. Check out our selection of wild bird seed, canary blend, sunflower seeds, nyger seeds, chick scratch for quails, seed bells and hanging suet baskets.

Enjoy bird watching for little more than ‘tuppence a bag’ … and know that you’re being a good neighbor by keeping these creatures well fed at a time when they need it most.

Here’s an excellent link on feeding birds through the chilly months – care of Hinterland Who’s Who.   http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=224#sid48

For more than a gaggle-load of fascinating bird facts, check out http://www.andreawansbury.com/facts.html

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