Karen Perry from Wild Birds Unlimited

Well, here we are in mid October already. Man, I can't believe how fast the year has gone by.
I know a lot of you are cleaning up your yards for the winter. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind to help your backyard birds get through the winter:
* As you are raking leavings and picking up brush, how about making a brush pile or two somewhere in your yard. Birds can use it as a safe spot to hide while waiting their turns at the feeders or to get away from predators.
* The nesting season is over, so now is the time to clean out your nest boxes from the summer nesting season. Open the box and brush out the contents with a whisk broom or brush. A clean nest box is an inviting winter roost for chickadees, nuthatches, bluebirds, titmice, etc.
* Several birds will huddle together to keep warm on those frigid nights. If your nest box has a convertible front, switch the opening from the top to the bottom of the box to retain more heat. A clean owl box might invite a screech owl to roost during the coming winter days.
* Leave the heads of your perennial flowers go to seed as a source of food for goldfinches, house finches, titmice and chickadees. These birds enjoy the seeds of many backyard flowers including bee balm, black-eyed Susan and coneflower.
* Remember water, if you have a heated bath that you stored over the summer. Bring it out and clean it up, place some fresh water in and plug it in. The nights are chilly now, so water in the morning will be most inviting. Birds need water both for drinking and keeping their feathers clean.
Make sure to stop in and see us for all your backyard bird feeding needs. October is our bird food sale. All bird food is on sale. It's a great time to stock up.
Wild Birds Unlimited is located across from Valley View Mall in  Crosseroads Shopping Center in Onalaska. Give us a call at 608-781-5088 if you have questions or need directions.
Happy Birding,
Karen Perry