Are you a backyard bird feeder?

It's okay to admit it. Being a feeder of birds is not a bad thing at all. Lots of people do it.

Feeding birds in the winter is something most of us probably don't give a lot of thought to. After all, don't birds fly south for the winter? Well, not all of them - and the ones that don't could actually use a little assistance to get through the Colorado winter. A lot of people like to feed birds for the enjoyment of viewing winter wildlife in their backyard. The birds are fun to watch, and you feel like you are doing a good deed.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, chickadees, sparrows, finches, and siskins are among the most common birds you'll see in Colorado during the winter.

To be a winter bird feeder you just need bird feeders, a water source, and some trees and shrubs. To survive the winter, birds need food, water, and shelter.

Generally, black oil sunflower seeds are the cheapest and are a good seed to offer birds. Thistle is a good seed for small birds, but it is expensive. You need a special thistle seed tube feeder for this type of birdseed.

When placing your bird feeders, you need to keep them high enough and away from shrubs so the birds will be safe from stalkers - like hungry cats. Feeds need to be regularly cleaned with a bleach and water mixture to prevent the spread of disease. Scrub it, rinse it, and dry it.

Once you have your bird-feeding station up, just keep it stocked and filled -and the birds will come. They will be happy, you will be happy, and before you know it, spring will be here.

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