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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Product Highlight: Roosting Pockets for Birds

So how do the small birds stay warm in the winter?

They fluff their feathers, which traps air between their feathers and bodies to create a natural layer of insulation. They sleep with their bills under their wing feathers and breathe in warmer air. Their food gives them energy to shiver and generate warmth. And of course they seek shelter out of the wind and cold. Some, such as the chickadees & titmice, huddle together in natural shelters like bushes. Also nesting boxes become roosting boxes in the winter. Or there are also roosting pockets.

Invite Birds to this Charming Village

Birds will stay nice and cozy in these delightful roosting pockets woven of all-natural grasses. It offers essential protection to enable survival.

· Fill with seeds or with nesting materials
· Turn your backyard into a bird sanctuary
· Helps birds conserve energy for winter survival

Hang them from tree branches, vines or fences to provide safe, warm nooks for small birds.
They add charm to the garden year-round and they may even serve as nests in the spring.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I live in the UP Drummond Island and those little Reddish you know what are a real pain.

How could I keep them out if I hang them in tree's?

Wild Birds Unlimited said...

Thanks for your question.
I haven't had a problem with red squirrels roosting in my pockets. I did witness a red squirrel shred one of them and steal it for their own roosting material. Roosting pockets are $4.99 each. You could try out one to see if it is a problem in your landscape or not. Roosting pockets, while functional, are more of a decoration. Dense bushes or birdhouses also are roosting sites for birds. If you have chickadee houses with a protected hole about one inch the red squirrels will leave them alone.