It’s January in Jonesboro, Georgia. The holidays are over, it’s cold, the days are short, and feels like it may be forever before we get outside and enjoy nature again. While we wait for spring to come back around so we can get outside and focus on lawn care, why not take time to enjoy a few greater things in life, like winter bird watching.
While some birds fly further south for the winter, many stay right here in Georgia. Others fly down from the northern states and Canada, stopping here in the peach state, allowing us to see birds we usually don’t see. You can help them survive while enjoying their beauty by taking measures to attract them to your backyard with these helpful and easy-to-do tips.
Tip 1: Provide a Food Source
First, provide them with a food source. Like all living creatures, birds need to eat for survival. Different birds eat different things. Therefore if you want to attract different types of feathered creatures, learn which birds eat what and buy foods accordingly. Hang out a few different birdfeeders offering a variety of seeds. You can mix several together or hang out various bird feeders.
The most common type of seed devoured by birds is sunflower seeds. These are eaten by over 40 species including chickadees, cardinals, blue jays, and sparrows.
Thistle seed is a popular food consumed by all types of finches, but it requires a special tube-like feeder with unique thistle-sized holes because thistle seeds are quite large.
Cracked or dried corn is enjoyed by sparrows, blackbirds, jays, and doves. It is also a favorite of small game, including turkeys and squirrels. Therefore if you notice a lot of squirrels at your feeder, it could be because of the corn.
During the winter months, birds need to store up fat and oil, so providing them with food that contains a lot of high-fat content is especially important. Packed with protein and enjoyed by woodpeckers, blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees, cardinals, titmice, and finches, peanuts are an excellent food source during the colder months.
Fruit is packed with natural sugar providing a special treat for birds in the winter. Many birds enjoy grapes, sliced citrus, apples, and bananas.
Tip 2: Design Homemade Bird Ornaments
If you’re looking for a fun family activity to get the kids off the couch and be constructive, they can create their very own birdseed ornaments. Using ordinary cookie cutters, you can make ornaments to fit any occasion. Hang them outside on tree limbs and in bushes and create a gourmet buffet for your feathery friends.
Tip 3: Provide Fresh Water
Like us, birds need water. Install a birdbath on your property to help birds keep themselves hydrated and clean. Flying around is hard work. Give your birds a break with a fresh sip of clean water. Be sure to change the water weekly or add in an agitator to keep the water from freezing and attracting mosquitoes.
Tip 4: Provide Shelter Throughout Your Jonesboro Property
Birds are pretty fascinating creatures. But they are vulnerable to weather elements and predators and require shelter. They will naturally build nests in trees, bushes on balconies, under rafters, patios, front porches, in rain spouts, and anywhere they see a safe, secure spot. There are different types of birdhouses you can buy or build yourself. Roost boxes, specialized boxes that hold in heat and offer shelter for more than one bird are becoming especially popular and can also be purchased or made from scratch. The more variety of shelters you have on your Charlotte property, the greater the variety of birds you will have.
Tip 5: Plant Trees and Shrubs That Attract Birds
Another way you can attract birds to your Jonesboro, Georgia lawn is by planting trees and shrubs that attract birds. Certain trees hang onto their fruit all year which attracts birds and other wildlife. Trees great for attracting winter wildlife include crab apples, Washington hawthorn, and American holly. Not only do these trees help birds get something to eat, but they also add a bit of color to your yard.
Other trees that can attract birds in the winter are blue spruce, pine, cedar, and hemlock. These trees hold onto their needles all year and provide shelter and protection from the elements.
Get Ahead and Schedule Your Spring Lawn Maintenance and Lawn Care Services Now
With the above tips, you should be able to enjoy the beauty and peace these feathered wonders bring to your Jonesboro area yard well into the future. It may only be January, but don’t wait too long to schedule your spring lawn maintenance and lawn care services.
Spring will be here before you know it, and the professionals at Duncan’s Green Team and Duncan’s Landscaping and Maintenance Team are ready to assist you with all your lawn care and landscaping needs. Our landscaping and maintenance team offer expert lawn maintenance for residential and commercial customers throughout south metro Atlanta and the surrounding areas, including bed weeding, mowing, editing and surface blowing, spring clean up, landscaping design services, and water features.