Sky+Cafe+Hopper+Bird+FeederFebruary and March can be a real challenge for the wild birds in and around our neighborhood at RoseLake Estates. After surviving the long, difficult winter, birds still face the challenge of finding food now that the winter is slowing down.

Many people don’t realize that wild birds’ natural food supply is at its lowest point of the year right now, between February and end of March. Insect populations have not yet appeared and the few remaining wild fruits, berries, seeds, and nuts are either hidden, unattainable, or inedible.

Late Indiana winter’s unpredictable weather makes life rough on chickadees, crows, early robins, sparrows, woodpeckers, finches, and grackles. Larger birds like ducks and geese have a problem finding food as well. Sunny warm spring-like days rapidly give way to cold, ice and snowy conditions that can make it extremely rough for birds to find a consistent food source.

Wild birds in this area are expending a great deal of energy migrating, courting, developing eggs, and building nests while their natural food supply is close to exhausted. Foods loaded with fat and calories help our birds fill the gap between winter and spring. The best high calorie bird foods for providing energy are:

  • black oil sunflower
  • striped sunflower
  • safflower seeds
  • suet
  • mealworms

If you have a bird feeder out, please be sure to keep it full through the last spasms of winter. The winged residents of RoseLake Estates thank you.


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