Jan 18, 2016 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, February 2016

Scatter Seed in Sheltered Places

Some species like the dark-eyed junco prefer to dine in sheltered locations.
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As the weather turns cold and snowy, not all birds will venture to your feeder. Some prefer to skulk in the thickets, brambles, and other secure places. To better accommodate these species, consider tossing a few handfuls of mixed seed, sunflower bits, peanuts, or cracked corn under your deck, in your hedges and bushes, or even along the edge of a wooded area. Doves, wrens, towhees, juncos, and various sparrows are just a few of the birds likely to take advantage of food offered in hidden areas. You may even attract a species that would otherwise not have come to your bird-feeding station.

About Bill Thompson, III

Bill Thompson III is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest by day. He's also a keen birder, the author of many books, a dad, a field trip leader, an ecotourism consultant, a guitar player, and blogger.

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