NATIONAL BIRD FEEDING MONTH: February, 2024

To help share awareness, I will be posting relevant information and fun stuff about feeding wild birds each day.

Feb. 1, 2024 – Here are some links to learn more about the meaning, purpose, and history of this important month.
from nationalbirdfeedingmonth.com
from columbia-audobon.org
from daysoftheyear.com
from nationaltoday.com
from wbfi.org
from hilltownfamilies.org
BONUS! 2024 Bird Holidays & Awareness Days

Feb 2, 2024 – GOLD MINE!!! The eBird site lists each state, lists how many species of wild birds, AND you can click on the state to see what those species are, THEN you can click on each bird to see photos and more information – WOW! Birds By Region, from eBirds

(click on photo to see full-size from original website or buy the poster)

Feb 3, 2024 – We usually buy a seed mix, or a couple of them, and let the birds choose what they want. In the winter we also add corn for extra fat and calories. But if we were trying to attract certain bird species I would probably have to pay more attention to this chart; I’m keeping anyway because it has great information!

Feb 4, 2024 – Love webcams? ME TOO! You can get your fill of wild bird watching at the Cornell Labs All About Birds webcams! Great opportunity to not only watch them at the feeders, but living their best life!
(Pete and I have a special place in our hearts for pileated woodpeckers here…remind me to tell you about Johnny sometime…)

Feb 5, 2024 – So many wild birds love suet blocks, and they’re great for them too, especially in the winter. But they can be pricey. But we can make our own!

Feb 6, 2024Bird feeding facts and myths that surprised me! (And some bonus fun facts!) I had no idea that bird-feeding is the second most popular hobby, following…well, I’ll let you read it for yourself!

Feb 7, 2024 – I confess, our bird-feeding has been more hit and miss than anything. We have several different kinds of feeders and buy a couple of different kinds of foods – mostly mixes, load ’em up, and hope for the best. Maybe it’s time to be a little more intentional, and this Food and Feeder Preferences of Common Feeder Birds site will help!

Feb 8, 2024 – There are backyard birds, and then there are Backyard Birds! Hummingbirds, the jewel of Backyard Birds, require special techniques to attract, feed, and keep these tiny creatures safe and healthy, according to this Better Homes & Gardens article.

Feb 9, 2024 – We love our backyard birds, and I have to admit that my favorites are the wild turkeys. They are pretty funny to watch, and have a more sophisticated social structure than I had ever thought! There is a lot of information about the topic online, and we’ve found that they’ll eat just about anything – we love keeping them around in the summer for tick control! – Supplementary Feeding Helps Winter Wild Turkeys talks about one man’s successful program!

Feb 10, 2024 – I am not a crafty person, though I’ve always wished I was…and today, especially! I am going to look through these Creative Bird Feeder tutorials and find some fun ones to make with the grands, they are SO CLEVER, so beautiful, and such amazing yard decorations in addition to their usefulness!

Feb 11, 2024 – There’s something special about hummingbirds, they’re unique and they’re gorgeous! How to Create a Hummingbird-Friendly Yard tells us how to not only do that, but also how to – and how NOT to – feed them.

Feb 12, 2024Responsible Bird Feeding has some common sense guidelines for feeding while birds, and keeping them healthy, in our yards.

Feb 13, 2024 – The Empress of Dirt has some great Tips for Hand Feeding Wild Birds, if that is something you’d like to try!

Feb 14, 2024The Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders and 12 Tips That Work can help you deal with the bane of bird-feeding hobbyists everywhere!

Feb 15, 2024 – As we have been maintaining multiple feeders for the last few years, we have seen the “circle of life” as various predators have discovered easy pickins when the birds come to eat. The Wild Bird Predator Guide: Protect Birds in Your Yard had some good information that may help!

Feb 16, 2024 – Possibly just as important as what to feed our wild bird friends, is What Not to Feed Wild Birds. We enjoy their company and having them around, and nobody wants to harm them of course, so here’s a good primer on a few things we may not be aware of.

Feb 17, 2024 – Fun Fact Fan? ME TOO! Here are a few that might tickle your fancy! Eating Like A Bird: What They Crave And Other Fun Feeding Facts

Feb 18, 2024 – I’m not particularly creative when it comes to making things, so these 5 Homemade Wild Bird Food Treats to Make may give me the help I need to make offer some variety to our backyard feathered friends!

Feb 19, 2024 – Sometimes I stumble across a site that is a definite keeper; that happened to me yesterday. Seems like whatever I need to learn about backyard birds and birding, I can find at the Duncraft Wild Bird Superstore site! (I’m not necessarily promoting the store as I have never bought anything from them, but they sure have shared a ton of information on their site!)

Feb 20, 2024 – Saw this site that goes into great detail about some GREAT DETAILS about the hobby! Read lots of Tips For Doing It The Right Way that were new to me, and extremely interesting!

Feb 21, 2024 – “Food isn’t the only thing that birds need to survive. National Bird Feeding Month is also about providing them with clean water, sheltered areas, and nesting materials. If you have a backyard, make sure to create a bird-friendly space.” from The History Of National Bird Feeding Month And How To Celebrate

Feb 22, 2024 – This article makes me wish I was more crafty than I am…but even I may be able to manage some of these 14 Easy DIY Winter Bird Feeders!

Feb 23, 2024 – With as many different kinds of wild birds, and as many different kinds of feeds, there are also quite a few different kinds of feeders. So I thought this article about 12 Types of Bird Feeders Every Backyard Birder Should Know was pretty interesting!

Feb 24, 2024 – Mr. Carr has some BRILLIANT information on his site!! Pete and I both love taking pictures of our backyard birds, and have many…but nothing like these! I can’t wait until we can implement some of The Ultimate Guide to Better Backyard Bird Photography!

Feb 25, 2024 – Did you know that there are actually RISKS to feeding wild birds? Learn more about them, and how you can minimize them, in To Feed or Not to Feed Wild Birds

Feb 26, 2024 – FINALLY! Not just one, but many answers to the question Best feeder and feed for woodpeckers? in this birdforum.net discussion!

Feb 27, 2024 – We have all but #11 and #15 in our yard…how about you?
15 Common Backyard Birds You Should Know

Feb 28, 2024Hawks & Flocks: Predators at Bird Feeders – something none of us likes to see…here is some good information for all of us who enjoy the hobby!