Support Wild Birds Winter 2021! The Backyard Naturalist's Winter 2021 Checklist for Backyard Birding: Focus on the Fundamentals and provide best quality.

Supporting Wild Birds During Winter, Our Backyard Birders’ Checklist

Help your backyard birds get through winter by focusing on fundamentals

Here’s our winter checklist for backyard birders and supporting wild birds in Winter. We’re keeping this simple: Focus on providing three fundamental needs. Be prepared to provide them consistently—even during the worst winter weather!

Helping your birds survive and thrive comes with rewards for all!  Seeing healthy birds frequent your feeders and baths each day will be a joy. Your backyard birds can help you get through this winter, too!!

Food – Feeding Wild Birds During Winter

Maximize nutrition in your feeders.
Provide high calorie seeds and suet with essential protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Food quality directly affects birds’ ability to survive cold weather. Keeping warm takes extra calories! With fast-acting metabolisms, birds must be efficient eaters. For survival, they absolutely must maximize each and every opportunity for nourishment. Quality food in clean feeders matters!! You may also need to check feeders more frequently for refilling.

Please remind your friends and family to never feed bread to birds. Bread has ZERO nutrition while filling birds’ stomachs, robbing them of their best chance of not freezing to death.
Find the facts here: Bread is Bad for Birds

Birds Need Water All Year Round for Drinking and Bathing. Even in Winter!

Keep bird baths from freezing over.
Get heated bird baths or add deicers.

We can never, ever, say it enough: Water is critical year round for wild birds to drink and bathe. During freezing temperatures, your heated bird bath might just be the only accessible, unfrozen source of water nearby for your backyard birds.
See our website: Birds, Water and Winter

Your Bird House is Welcome Shelter from Freezing Winter Weather

Have bird houses up now.
Bird houses offer sanctuary for songbirds during winter weather.

Yes! Your bird houses offer songbirds, like Bluebirds, Chickadees, Titmice and Carolina Wrens (among others), safe places to keep warm and roost when weather is extreme. Be sure you’ve removed all previous nest debris.
Learn more: Shelter Birds During Winter in Your Bird HousesBonus: Even if birds aren’t using your houses, they’re making note of their locations ahead of nesting season. Especially early nesters like Bluebirds. (It won’t be long!)

We hope you and your families are well.  Thank you for supporting wild birds.  Your continuing support of our efforts here at the store means the world to us.

Happy Winter Birding!
Debi & Mike Klein and The Backyard Naturalist Team

Food + Water + Shelter = Habitat!

By providing your birds, quality food, un-frozen water and opportunities for respite from winter weather, your backyard now has the three simple elements that define a ‘micro-habitat’! Find out more about how important our backyard micro-habitats are, and the contribution each little backyard patch makes to the overall well-being of wild birds. See our Habitat resources in the top menu.

The Backyard Naturalist has concrete bird baths and statuary in stock! We are fully stocked with two of the best US-made concrete and ceramic baths. Oh yeah, and Dragons!

Fall Migration Continues…

Fall Migration Continues…

And we can’t stress this enough: All birds need water for drinking and bathing all year round.

The source doesn’t have to be fancy!  It just needs to be clean and filled with fresh water. This is the best opportunity to attract non-seed eaters that are not tempted by your feeders

Support migrants during their incredible journeys by offering water. You never know who’ll turn up!

See our resource pages  ‘Fall Migration‘ and ‘Water: One of Three Elements That Make Your Backyard a Bird Habitat‘  for more.

Bird Bath Status Update

For those of you who’ve been asking, we are now fully stocked with a wide range of baths and fountains.

Due to supply chain issues, bird baths are not readily available everywhere right now. With fresh shipments from two of the very best US made concrete and ceramic brands, now is a great time to find something in your style and within your budget.

Fall Flags are here!

Garden Flag ‘Halloween Owl’

Keep your yard colorful as the days get shorter and leaves fall. The Backyard Naturalist has Autumn-themed and Holiday flags in two sizes, garden and standard.

Shop early for best selection — especially for Halloween and Thanksgiving flags. Many designs also have coordinating door mats and magnetic mail box wraps. See our ‘Flags, Door Mats & Mail Box Covers’ product page here.

We also have all the poles and hardware you need to get your flags flying TODAY!

Add Fall Cheer to Your Backyard

Thank you for supporting wild birds and also for continuing to support our efforts here at the store. Together, we are making a difference.

Happy Autumn birding!
Debi, Mike and The Backyard Naturalist Team