I love backyard birds. What these small creatures can endure, how far they can travel, and their nearly constant motion amaze me. After a rainstorm, I often go outside and listen to their fluttering movements as they frantically forage for food. And I love the easy projects that you can do to entice them into your backyard.
Birds use a lot of energy to maintain a constant body temperature. During the spring and summer, insectivorous birds eat insects, which provide fat and protein. When winter comes, insect abundance decreases as insects die or are dormant for the winter. Creating a suet feeder in your backyard gives birds another source of food and gives you the chance to observe them in an uncharacteristic moment of relative stillness.
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Depending on where you live, you can expect a variety of birds. Potential visitors include chickadees, nuthatches, finches, jays, and even woodpeckers. I found a pdf of backyard birds from Seattle Audubon; you may find similar species living near you. Let us know how many different species of birds stop by for a visit!
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