The Sanctuary Winter

I took this photo right after cleaning, filling, and taking down some of my water sources. In the winter night time temps can get below 32 degrees, causing your bird baths to freeze over. If they are made of glass the ice could get to heavy for the bath and crack it. In early winter I empty, and clean my glass baths and store them. You can buy bird bath heaters to warm the water just enough that it wont freeze, but in central Georgia this does not happen often enough, I feel to have  the heated bath.

The Sanctuary

Know What Birds Your Feeding

Seasonally the birds coming to your feeders will change and the type of food they will need will be different. Right now it is winter and the winter feed I have available for my backyard birds is black oil sunflower seeds by Royal Wing, I get a 40 Pound bag at Tractor Supply. They shells left behind can build up and get messy, I rake these away once a week to keep them from building up to much causing grass not to grow around my feeders. If you want to skip this step you can buy pre shelled seeds that are more expensive but cut down on the mess Royal Wing Sunflower Hearts at Tractor Supply. Winter birds that Sunflower seeds attract:  Cardinal, Titmouse, Nuthatch, and the Carolina Chickadee. 

Male Cardinal Asking where is the food?

Male Cardinal Asking where is the food?

Other winter feeds I offer, are the Royal Wing Classic Mix, the birds attracted to this mix are the Tufted Titmouse, and the House Sparrow.

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

House Sparrow 

House Sparrow 

I also offer suet cakes, in the winter I buy The Royal Wing Woodpecker blend I get the 10 pack to try and save money. Birds attracted to the cakes,  downy woodpecker, Carolina Wobbler, Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse. 

Carolina Wobbler

Carolina Wobbler

Male Downy Woodpecker 

Male Downy Woodpecker 

Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

Nuthatch and Tufted Titmouse 

Nuthatch and Tufted Titmouse 

Female Cardinal Perching in a tree waiting for me to fill the feeder.

Female Cardinal Perching in a tree waiting for me to fill the feeder.

Thanks for Reading the winter sanctuary hope this is helpful when setting up your own and preparing for winter. Check back for up dates.

Here is some more information on the birds in Georgia and a fun quiz