The cold month’ are at full blast, the frost is laying an icy cover over trees, grass and bushes and most of the migrating birds have long gone to warmer places.
A lot of the birds here in Germany stay through the winter though, and they are very thankful if you provide a little snack stop during the winter.
In the fall they have lots of of food available, the berries are still ripe and plentiful on bushes, nuts are falling of the trees and there are still bugs in the air.
We always start setting out our birdhouse a little early to let the birds know where to go to fill an empty stomach. Since the last couple winters have been really cold its important for them to have a place to feed so they can keep their little fat layer to keep them from freezing to death.
Plus there is nothing more fun for kids and cats then sitting in the window and watching them eat the bought or homemade treats. I have to admit I place one birdhouse right by a window … keeps my cats entertained for hours.
So you wonder who will visit and what will they eat?
Let me help you out:
|Blackbirds||fresh apples, wheat, oats and raisins|
|Brambling||peeled sunflower seeds and other seeds|
|Blue Tit||Fat rings and dumplings, chopped nuts and sunflower seeds|
|Chaffinch||Oily seeds like hempseed, chopped peanuts and other nuts|
|Spotted Woodpecker||Fatty peanuts and other fat treats, but they need them secured on a tree trunk, since they cant get them if they are hanging of a birdhouse|
|Eurasian Jay||same as the woodpecker, a bowl of unsalted peanuts and they are happy|
|Eurasian Tree Sparrow||Nuts, dried berries, Raisins and Fat rings|
|Eurasian Bullfinch||Oily seeds like hempseed, chopped peanuts and other nuts|
|European Greenfinch||Oily seeds like hempseed, chopped peanuts, peeled sunflower seeds and other nuts|
|House Sparrow||Nuts, dried berries, Raisins and Fat rings|
|Eurasian Nuthatch||Lard directly off the tree trunk, cereal flakes, sunflower seeds, seeds and nuts|
|Great Tit||Fat rings and dumplings, chopped nuts and sunflower seeds|
|Common Wood Pigeon||Fatty oatmeal, nuts and fat rings|
|European Robin||chopped nuts, special insect eating bird food (with chopped worms) cereal flakes and oily seeds|
|Long-tailed Tit||fatty soft foods, like fat dumplings and rings|
|European Goldfinch||Thistle seeds and poppy seeds|
|Coal Tit||fatty soft foods, like fat dumplings and rings|
|Fieldfare||berries, raisins, fresh apples, fatty soft foods, like fat dumplings and rings|
|Eurasian Wren||crushed nuts, poppy seed and other soft seeds (laid out on the ground)|
|Eurasian Siskin||chopped and whole nuts in hanging nets|
|Magpie||same as the woodpecker, a bowl of unsalted peanuts and they are happy|
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