BIRDING GUIDE

Bird Guiding Resources

Bird watching and feeding is a popular activity for people of all ages.  As easy as it is to do with little information at all, knowledge of birds in your region will give you insight into how to attract them. 

Here are a few tips to help you feed the wild birds in your backyard:

1. Buy Meadow Ridge Farms Wild Bird Feed! Bargain seed blends are mostly filler seed. While it may attract some birds, it doesn’t supply them with the proper nutrition for optimal bird health and it is often not made for the birds specifically from our region. At Meadow Ridge Farms, we take great pride in doing just that- Great nutrition for Minnesota birds at economical prices.

2. More varieties of feed + more feeders = more birds. Different species of birds enjoy different bird feeds, so the more variety you supply, the more birds you attract. Some bird feeders are appropriate only for specific seeds. Make sure to use the right ones so the birds can access their favorite food easily.

3. Make sure feeders are clean. Dirty feeders can spread diseases, so they may occasionally need to be emptied and cleaned to get rid of any old, moldy seed that can make birds ill.

4. April showers bring moldy birdseed in May. Watch for mold in the spring, so that you are not leaving birds with feed that will make them ill.

5. Make sure your feeder keeps in good working condition. Cracks will lose feed and other broken parts could injure birds.

6. Include a watering station for your feathered friends. Everyone needs to be hydrated-even wild birds.

7. Keep those feeders full. While wild birds are very capable of finding their own food, they come to rely the tasty food you supply them. If you leave them empty for too many days, they may find someone else’s feeder to visit.

8. Feeding in the spring is crucial. Before plants start to grow again, there may be very little food after a long winter. Feeding the birds in the spring is important for their health and good bird watching.

9. Use safe sites for feeders. There are plenty of birdseed thieves out there (rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels, deer, even bears!) that are willing to steal all of the seeds they can get their paws on- leaving nothing for hungry birds. Also, more open sights make it easier for predators to get at the birds you are feeding.

10. Plant things near your feeders that will also help feed and attract the birds. Many berry and nut producing trees, shrubs and perennials are a prime source of food for many birds. Placing plants and feeders together in your yard is bound to attract a greater variety of wild birds. For more information on this, check out 'Go Native' to sustain songbirds and other wildlife in your garden.

Here are links to some of our favorite birding websites: