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Feathered Friends: Here’s What To Feed Birds In The Winter

As winter’s icy grip settles in, fuel winter wings with sunflower seeds, suet, and fresh water. Here we share top tips on what to feed birds during Winter.

Blackbird in the Winter

In winter, birds face a double challenge of finding food and keeping warm so providing a helping hand to our feathered friends by offering them a nourishing feast becomes more critical than ever.

Here, share some top tips on what to feed the birds in your garden and delve into the reasons why feeding birds during winter is not only a delightful activity but also a crucial contribution to their well-being.

What to Feed Birds in Winter:

  1. Bird Seeds: A mix of high-quality bird seeds, including sunflower seeds, millet, and safflower seeds, is a popular and nutritious choice.
  2. Suet: Suet provides a high-energy food source that birds appreciate during colder weather. You can find suet cakes or blocks at most pet stores.
  3. Peanuts: Unsalted, shelled peanuts or peanut butter can attract various birds, including woodpeckers.
  4. Nyjer (Thistle) Seeds: These tiny black seeds are favoured by finches, particularly in the winter.
  5. Fruits: Birds enjoy fruits like apples, berries, and oranges. Cut them into small, manageable pieces.
  6. Mealworms: An excellent source of protein, especially for insect-eating birds like robins and bluebirds.
  7. Cracked Corn: Suitable for ground-feeding birds like sparrows and doves.
  8. Water: Providing fresh, unfrozen water is crucial for birds in the winter. Consider a heated birdbath or breaking ice regularly.
A Robin in Winter


When feeding birds, consider using appropriate feeders to prevent waste and contamination. Additionally, it’s essential to clean feeders regularly to avoid the spread of diseases.

So the next time you see little Robin red breasts know that you are giving a helping hand to keep them full up!