Attracting Birds Year Round

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When our cousin Caroline sent a photo the other day of four brilliant red cardinals perched in her snowy shrub, I had to ask her how she lured so many gorgeous garden visitors. She said she has a heated birdbath – oooh, how nice is that – and she mentioned what good cover a rhododendron can be for birds during colder months – the evergreen leaves offer birds some shelter from winter weather. She also said she puts out homemade suet dough now and then to coax cardinals and other birds to spend time in her garden – (be warned it also attracts chatty starlings to your yard).

You can see the snapshot of those four cardinals above and click on this link to learn lots of easy ways to welcome beautiful birdies to your backyard and help them get through the winter. That way, you’ll be all ready for National Bird Feeding Month, which I just found out, is coming up in February – who knew?

Reported By Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio

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    A great follow up story to this would be the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count, sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology with National Audubon Society, February 18-22, 2011. This is a citizen science project, and is free for anyone willing to participate.

  • john naples

    Live in Bensalem and have as many as 20 cardinals in our yard at any given time and also a lot of goldfinches. If you keep food out to attract cardinals they will stay year around. We feed safflower, black oil sunflower seeds and shelled peanuts. They will also open the peanuts in a shell which we leave for the bluejays and squirrels.

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