Do you still want to attract birds as the cold weather moves in? Want to know which birds are common in November (Midwest) and what they like to eat?
Here are the birds you’re most likely to attract and which types of food they prefer (from my experience in the Northern Midwest). See how many you can get to your feeders!
House Finch: This is the bird I see the largest number of in the winter next to the Juncos. They prefer my safflower and sunflower seeds. During the summer they eat thistle/niger seed, but have ignored it during winter months.
Chickadee, Black-Capped: Prefers safflower, sunflower seeds and peanut pieces in my yard, but will also eat suet and thistle/niger seed.
Dark-Eyed Junco: They prefer sunflower seeds, but are also frequent visitors to my safflower. They eat mostly from the ground and love the feeders I keep low to the ground (tray and tube). P.S. I don’t have pets or trouble with cats, so I have safe spots for near-ground feeders.
Nuthatch, White-Breasted: These little birds are hilarious! They love all the food I put out – suet, sunflower, safflower and peanuts. They’ll gladly come ’round for any or all of it.
Northern Cardinal: These beauties like sunflower and safflower seed the best. I’ve had the pleasure of watching the same pair in my yard for years.
Blue Jay: They prefer my tray feeder that has a combination of a suet ball, sunflower seed and peanuts (whole in the shell or pieces).
Woodpeckers, Downy (pictured)/Hairy/Red-Bellied: They definitely prefer the suet. I keep it in a cage feeder with bottom-access. They will also frequent my sunflower tube feeder.
The one thing ALL my birds love in November, and throughout the winter, is water. I keep a shallow, lipped tray on a bench all winter (no heater). They’ll eat the snow when it’s really cold and the water is frozen. But when we get a bit of sunshine and it melts, they love to get a drink.
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