It is the time of year to start thinking about bird feeders.Â In the spring and summer there is plenty of food for all the local birds, so feeders are neglected and unused.Â But once the weather gets colder there are fewer insects and other things for birds to eat.Â I have found that when we first put out a bird feeder it can take a little while for the birds to start visiting.Â They have to discover where the feeders are, and of course they have to get hungry.Â But if you are patient the birds will come.Â That is why now is a good time to get the feeder filled and ready.Â Iâ€™ve been checking out all the products available at Backyard Chirper lately to get our bird feeders ready for the winter.
Studying birds is a great science project for homeschoolers.Â They are easy to observe and you can learn a lot, not just about ornithology, but also about flight.Â There are also many online resources for studying birds, especially from Cornell University.Â This year we are going to participate in their feeder watch program as part of our study of birds.
We tend to see lots of chickadees and sparrows, which are small and not too colorful.Â Sometimes we see cardinals though, or blue jays.Â Once of twice a year we see a hummingbird, and I always run for my camera, but it is gone before I am ready to take a picture.Â We probably should put up a hummingbird feeder to attract them more regularly.Â My favorite birds are blue birds, but we donâ€™t see them very often.
Birds also need water in winter.Â A bird bath is perfect for this, but around here the water would freeze solid.Â One solution is to break the ice daily, but I guess the latest solution is heaters for bird baths!Â You can find everything you need for birds from heated bird baths to a bird house at Backyard Chirper.
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