It’s National Wild Bird Feeding Month

Yes, it is!

Red-Breasted Nuthatch accepts food from the human hand

Bold Red-Breasted Nuthatch lights on my hand in winter to get nourishment.

And I hope you’ve got your feeders up and well stocked because this is the time of year, in cold northern climates anyway, that birds are under most stress.  The days are short and nights long.  They have to go for longer stretches of time without food.  They’re stressed by the cold and lack of available nourishment.  And then they spy your little wild bird habitat … an oasis in a food desert!  You may literally have saved some from perishing.  Have patience and, weighing about as much as two nickles, they will even land on your hand for a nut morsel or seeds.

 

Congressman John Porter (R-IL) read a resolution into the Congressional Record on February 23, 1994 proclaiming February as National Bird-Feeding Month

“Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize February, one of the most difficult months in the United States for wild birds, as National Bird Feeding Month. During this month, individuals are encouraged to provide food, water, and shelter to help wild birds survive. This assistance benefits the environment by supplementing wild bird’s natural diet of weed seeds and insects. Currently, one-third of the U.S. adult population feeds wild birds in their backyards.

In addition, Mr. Speaker, backyard bird feeding is an entertaining, educational, and inexpensive pastime enjoyed by children and adults. Bird feeding provides a needed break from today’s frantic lifestyles. Adults enjoy the relaxation and peacefulness afforded by watching birds — nature serves to relieve the stress and can get one’s day going on a tranquil note.

Young children are naturally drawn to the activities involved in feeding wild birds, which can serve as excellent educational tools. Children can identify different species of birds with a field guide and can learn about the birds’ feeding and living habits. These observations can then provide excellent research opportunities for school projects and reports.

Feeding wild birds in the backyard is an easy hobby to start and need not overtax the family budget. It can be as simple as mounting a single feeder outside a window and filling it with bird seed mix. For many people, the hobby progresses from there. They discover the relationship between the type and location of feeders, and the seeds offered in them, and the number and varieties of birds attracted. Parents can challenge an inquisitive child’s mind as they explore together these factors in trying to encourage visits by their favorite birds.”

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About Bluebird Annie

My passion for wild bird watching began with one feeder and snowballed from there. The activity that feeder produced led me to participate in a field study of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in Costa Rica, become a volunteer Bluebird monitor reporting data on cavity nesting birds for my local forest preserve district, and start a blog to share my birding experiences. What will be next?
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8 Responses to It’s National Wild Bird Feeding Month

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  4. timethief says:

    Hi there,
    I feed birds all winter long. Their favorite seed across species that visit the Canadian gulf islands In BC. seems to be black oil sunflower seed though I do provide a mix.
    P.S. Your bird photos are lovely.

    • Thanks for stopping in! Yes, black oil sunflower is popular across a whole variety of birds. Once, I actually saw an American Robin on my feeder slurpe one up! He wasn’t built to shell it and get the tasty morsel inside. So, he sort of “sniffed” it in. Then, he got this very worried look on his face as if to say, “OMG. I don’t know what that was, but I hope I didn’t hurt myself!” ;-) Thanks again for the compliment.

  5. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to get the little beasts to eat from my hand. They, well Fuzz the Robin and his kin, will come close to me if I put food on the ground, but that’s it. How long do you have to stand before they just think you are a bird feeder?

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