Over 74% of Backyard Pond & waterfall owners are also avid wild bird enthusiasts. One of the biggest misconceptions about backyard birding is that hardly any birds hang around in winter. However, as those that leave there backyard waterfalls running here in Michigan know, the coldest months can be some of the hottest for backyard bird watching action.
So if you will miss your fish like me, consider attracting and feeding the birds in your backyard.
PROVIDING A WATER SOURCE
The key is to know which birds are around in winter in Macomb & Oakland County areas and prepare your yard to meet their needs as temperatures drop. Blue Jays, Cardinals, Doves, and an occasional Red Headed Woodpecker are just a few of the species you can expect to see stopping by for a drink from your backyard waterfall and pond. Providing easy meals is the top way to attract winter birds to your yard, and it also can help them survive the season. Bad weather spells such as Ice and snow can make it especially difficult for wild birds to find food. Providing a diverse food source such as seeds, cracked corn, nuts and soft foods like suet will help lure a diverse variety of birds to your backyard. After birds find your feeders, their presence and activity will attract others and soon your backyard pond will provide hours of bird watching excitement.
PROVIDING A FOOD SOURCE
The winter months in Michigan can be especially difficult for birds and other animals, since water can be scarce. Keeping your waterfalls running throughout the winter will ensure a constant supply of fresh water. As your pet Koi fish drift into hibernation for the winter, the birds in your yard will be thankful for the fresh, unfrozen water source. Because of the scarcity of food, they will also flock to stocked feeders throughout the winter.
Providing cover and a source of seeds for birds can be equally important for helping birds survive our sometimes harsh Winter weather here in Michigan. Leaving dead flower heads and grass stalks standing and collecting fallen branches to add to a brush pile are just a couple of ideas to add shelter for wild birds to your yard.