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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