Fine Dining? It’s for the Birds

While we all settle in for a long winter’s nap after our holiday feasting, birds are all but winging it when it comes to mealtime. According to a study by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, winter can be a tough time for wild birds. Many species rely on bird feeders to supplement their diet because habitat changes, caused by urban sprawl makes survival more difficult. That’s why bird feeders are an important item for every yard.

If, like me, you’ve got birds on your brain (or at least on your mind!), here’s how to feed your fine-feathered friends in style and still have enough money left to purchase a bag of bird seed.

Orioles, scarlet tanagers, mockingbirds, grosbeaks and other fruit-lovers will flock to the Fruit Kabob bird feeder. Simply place a halved orange, apple, pear or grapefruit on the skewer and hang. $14.95

Umbra’s Bird Cafe feeder resembles a contemporary abode with its minimalist design and streamlined silhouette. The lid pops off for top loading and there are small holes in the bottom of the tray for water drainage. $30.

Satisfy the sweet tooth of birds like orange/black orioles with the Oriole Jelly feeder. Spoon jelly into its orange glass bowl, top with the decorative metal flower lid (the includes a perch) and hang from a branch. $19.95

Mid-century modern fans will flock to the Tail Prop Suet feeder that’s handcrafted in weatherproof stoneware and sustainable bamboo with decorative recycled beads. Its bamboo tail prop (that’s harder than oak) allows woodpeckers greater leverage to cling and rest while feeding. $55.

The Super Dome feeder takes al fresco dining to a new level with its pair of symmetrical suet silos, spacious food tray (for seeds, mealworms, fruit, jelly or peanuts) and weather-shielding dome cover. $36.

Travel back to a more gracious time with the Victorian-Style Gazebo feeder. Handmade of glass and blue painted tin, this lovely feeder (in one of the year’s most trendy hues) has three seed ports and a seed tray with drainage to prevent mildew. $24.95.

Winter’s here and little birds are hungry. How about adding one more resolution to your New Year’s list? Feed the Birds.