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Attract Feathered Friends this Winter with Pike Nurseries

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Bird is the word! With cool temperatures abound, now is the perfect time to welcome winged wildlife to the garden by providing them with water, food and shelter. Feathered friends will appreciate a safe refuge from the cold, while nature lovers will delight in a colorful flurry of activity right outside their doorstep. To help customers ready the yard for beautiful birds, the experts at Pike Nurseries offer the top three essentials needed to transform any backyard – small or large – into a bird-friendly oasis that will flourish throughout the winter.

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Essential #1: Food
Not all birds are alike, which means certain species prefer different types of food. Colorful Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Bluebirds, Brown Thrashers, Blue Jays and Mockingbirds enjoy suet logs and cakes. This high-fat, high-calorie option provides the perfect punch of energy to help birds thrive during the cold. Regular bird seed is also a great option, depending on the size of the bird’s beak. To attract the broadest spectrum of species –from Sparrows and Cardinals to Wrens and Easter Towhees– the experts at Pike Nurseries recommend using Pike Special Mix Bird Seed, which is comprised of sunflower, millet and peanuts. Thistle seed is also a great food source and is popular among Chickadees, Finches and Tufted Titmouse. Gardeners looking for a DIY project can create an easy, homemade bird feeder by covering a pine cone in peanut butter and rolling it in bird seed. Once a string is attached, the tasty treat can be hung on branches for birds to indulge. Additionally, flowering shrubs, perennials and vines provide great natural alternatives to seed and feeders.

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Essential #2: Water
Although birds won’t bathe in cooler temperatures, they still need water to survive. Birdbaths, mini-birdbaths and fountains are great water sources during the winter when streams and creeks may be dry or frozen. The experts at Pike Nurseries recommend residents keep a low level of fresh water in a birdbath and change it regularly to keep it clean. Installing a birdbath heater will help keep the water from freezing in between changes and also ensure birds continue to come back for more.

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Essential #3: Shelter
While many people believe bird houses should be taken down in the winter, now is the perfect time to utilize them. Birds seek shelter to keep warm during frigid temperatures and to hide from nighttime predators like owls and cats. Pike Nurseries offers a wide variety of bird houses in different shapes and sizes, making them both functional and decorative for bare winter landscapes. Roosting pockets or plants in the landscape, like ornamental grass, shrubs, trees and conifers, also provide a natural safe haven for many winged wildlife.

To help customers put their birding knowledge into practice, Pike Nurseries will host a FREE Attract Birds to the Backyard class at select locations January 17-19 and January 21. Guests will learn more about the essentials needed to attract birds, what type of bird food is best and how to create an inviting habitat for them during the crucial winter months. All class attendees will receive a 5-pound container of Pike Nurseries Special Mix Bird Seed and be entered to win a $50 bird house.

For more information on winter birding, stop by one of the 17 store locations across Georgia and North Carolina. For more information on Pike Nurseries’ FREE gardening classes, visit pikenursery.com/pages/pike-classes-events.

 

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  1. tammya1999 says

    I love watching the birds at my home and all 3 of those suggestions are exactly what they need to visit your home. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sarah Bailey says

    This post was very informative to keep those feathered friends a perfect place for the winter. I know a friend who would like to attend that FREE Attract Birds to the Backyard class. Thanks for the invites.

  3. Kimberly C. says

    Wow these are some pretty birds. I have a bird’s house in my yard, but somehow it doesn’t attract any birds. Probably because my cat George sits in front of the window eying it. Nice informative post.

  4. Ronnie says

    I use pike for all y nursery needs

  5. TColeman says

    I have never heard of Pike Nurseries but we love to bird watch. Bringing them in during the winter can definitely be tricky.

  6. Eileen says

    Thank you for the suggestion. I would love to have this as a project this winter. Those poor little birds need to be fed and have someplace to rest. I’m letting my husband know about this so he can go out and get some needed supplies to start the project. Soon I will wake up to birds singing. Lovely!

  7. R U S S says

    I don’t see birds often because prolly I live in a tropical country. But when I’m traveling, they’re everywhere and they’re always a pretty sight. It would be nice to see them though at my own backyard. We sure could use a similar class like the Attract Birds to the Backyard Class.

  8. Natasha says

    This is really neat. My kids would love to watch birds in our backyard. We have a few that visit and that had made a nest in our porch ceiling.

  9. vanessa says

    I love having birds in my yard, and being in Florida, we have so many species. Great tips.

  10. Tauyanm says

    lovely birds, living in malaysia and dubai, birds are always the one knocking on my window apartment. probably need a feeder for them to eat when visiting my window again!

  11. Anosa says

    The only bird watch I do is from my bed side or on tv but this was a lovely read

  12. emmaeatsandexplores says

    I make a fat ball with the left over fat that I have from cooking. I love seeing all the birds outside my window – its so relaxing to watch them flying around!

  13. Rosey says

    We used to have a big picture window in our library. I’d put bird feeders up just to see which kinds of birds would show up. I liked them all. 😉

  14. Amber says

    How cool! I would like to watch birds. My Mom has a lot of these things in her backyard so there are always tons of birds around.

  15. Emma White (@TheRealSupermum) says

    oh my mum is bird mad and her background is a bird playground so she would love this post going to bookmark it for her

  16. Athena L Nagel says

    I am totally not a fan of birds – I thank my parents for instilling a very unhealthy fear of them by having me watch the birds as a young child. But my mother in law lives with us and she adores them so this is right up her alley.

  17. Maria Han says

    What a great post, My two boys would always love to watch the birds when we are on the roof.

  18. Misty Dawn Nelson says

    This is absolutely an informative post for me, My son would loves bird so much

  19. Elizabeth O. says

    It would be nice to attract birds to your backyard and just watch them especially during spring or summer! I think this is a great idea and I’d love to do this!

  20. Hali @daytodayMOMents says

    Aww I will try to remember some of this for when we have our own home! Would be so much fun to watch the birds. 🙂

  21. Fantastic tips! I will pass these on to my neighbor – she loves bird-watching in her yard. Birds terrify me, though. I send mine over to her 🙂

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