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, was the team captain for Watching Backyard Birds from its inception 23 years ago through his death on March 25, 2019. So much of what he wrote is timeless and remains informative, helpful, and inspiring.

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