cop6s  If you’ve been feeding native birds through the winter at Rose Lake Estates, please don’t stop feeding them in early spring. That’s the expert advice from Wild Birds Unlimited, a Hoosier company with locations including Pendleton, Fishers, Carmel and Noblesville.

Wild birds have come to depend on your help surviving through the harsh winter, and they still need some help this time of year when natural food supplies are at an all-time low.

The insect population (natural food for many birds) is still low, and what’s left of wild fruits, berries, wild seeds and nuts are in very short supply in April – or completely gone. Meanwhile, it can still be cold and windy and often rainy, making it harder for birds to successfully forage.

Nesting birds are very active in early spring, spending a lot of energy migrating, courting and building nests. They need a lot of fuel to accomplish all that – and to form new baby bird eggs.

Bird food loaded with fat and calories helps birds struggling to survive the gap between winter and spring. The best seeds for proving energy are black oil sunflower, striped sunflower and safflower. Suet is also a good high-energy good to provide, as well as dried mealworms.

Our Rose Lake Estate ducks depend on food help, too. They are also mating, nesting, and looking for high-energy food sources. Consider dried corn, oatmeal, sunflower and pumpkin and other seeds to supplement their diets. (These forms of food are much better for them than bread, which is not recommended as duck food.)

Here’s to a beautiful spring, newly greening trees, and the celebration of nature and new life surrounding us at Rose Lake Estates!