With a potential lifespan of over 10 years, it is likely that the Junco gleaning millet off of the ground below one of your feeders has spent many previous winters as your loyal backyard guest. And recent research shows, that is only half the story!
These birds are not only loyal to a specific location, but also to a single feeder! The study showed that the only time they abandoned their favorite feeder was during periods of cold weather when the feeder was placed in a location too exposed to the wind.
So help your birds stay loyal and warm by locating your feeders in a sheltered location or offer roosting or bird houses.
Once you have prepared a safe and sheltered location, be sure to fill your feeders with the high-energy, high-fat foods that provide your birds with the crucial nutrition they need to survive the coldest month of the year.
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