The dark-eyed junco is a sparrow-sized bird that spread all over North America in winter. They eat mostly seeds but in the breeding season they will eat insects as well. If you see these spritely little birds hopping around your feeder you know winter has begun!
As the name suggests the eastern bluebird has vibrant blue, white and red-brown feathers. Insects are the bluebird’s food of choice but in the winter they will also eat small fruits and berries. You can find some bluebird boxes at Sheep Pasture so look out for them while you’re visiting!
Common redpolls are perky grey and red finches that forage in flocks all around the country. They are commonly seen at feeders, and will eat the seeds of birch trees and sedges in the winter. Not only can you see these birds in the winter but you can hear them as well; they make a long trill that can last up to a minute!
1. Observe your yard to see where your backyard birds are hanging out
2. Have multiple feeders with different types of seeds
3. Have feeders away from windows to avoid collisions
4. Provide fruit and berries as well as seeds
5. Have feeders at different heights