The outdoor areas in your neighbourhood don’t need to look empty in the winter. You can help fill them with animal life by setting up a winter bird feeder! Although many birds migrate south in the fall, several species live in Canada year-round, toughing it out all winter long. You can help these birds out by accepting the For the Birds Mission and building your own bird feeder!
To find out what birds you might see at your winter feeder check out this list of the top ten bird species that stick around for the winter. Since some species tend to be picky eaters, we have listed them based on their favourite types of seeds and nuts.
Black oil sunflower seeds
10. Black-capped chickadees
9. White-breasted nuthatches
8. Finches (house, purple)
7. Northern cardinals
6. Blue jays (also really like cracked corn)
5. American goldfinches
4. Common redpolls (if you have birch trees nearby common redpolls will eat birch seeds too)
3. White-breasted nuthatches
2. Brown creepers
1. Cedar waxwings
*Bird Feeder Tip! Try to avoid using seed mixes that contain millet because some birds won’t eat millet, which means the seeds will geminate as weeds on the ground the next spring. Black oil sunflower seeds (not striped sunflower seeds) and suet will usually attract the largest diversity of birds to your winter feeder.