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Friday, January 29, 2010

Sooo Cold, Feeder Friday

Ooh it's soo cold here. The temp. was 10 degrees this morning and the high winds, even gusting to 50 mph, made the wind chill minus 18. It is supposed to be even colder tomorrow. This is challenging for the birds. Our White-throated Sparrows are sitting on their feet, as a way of keeping their feet warm.

These are the times when keeping your feeders stocked with high energy food can be life-saving for some species. Birds do not accumulate fat (too bad it's not so for us humans!) very much, only in times just before migration. Many birds can only go a day or two without eating in extreme weather.

We put out hulled black oil sunflower which has a high fat and protein content. We also have 3 suet feeders available. This morning we had a smart Blue Jay eating the suet. We don't see that often. Suet is very high fat, so provides the most calories, ounce for ounce than protein or carbohydrate. The Blue Jay knew what it was doing.


Martha Bright said...

I feed my peafowl sunflower hearts and dry cat food in winter. The wild birds (mostly sparrows and juncos) raid the domestic fowl's feeders so I think they're making out pretty well!!

Anonymous said...

The snow and ice is on the way here, so we stocked the seed and suet. I know the birds don't need our help, but they sure seem to like it.

Jo Ann said...

We have also had Blue Jays at our suet feeder here in Ontario, Canada.

I enjoy your blog.

Jo Ann

Joy K. said...

I've been surprised lately that our cardinals seem really fond of suet. They don't do well at the hanging suet baskets, but I've been crumbling blocks into small chunks and scattering them on the porch railing. They really dig in.