My new column in The Record's Better Living section today addresses that age-old question: Should you feed wild birds only in winter or year-round?
(The photo of the Red-bellied Woodpecker is by Barbara Dilger. Thanks, Barbara!)
The short answer: it's complicated. The column addresses the reasons why and not, with a look at the definitive book on the subject of feeding birds, "Birds at My Table: Why We Feed Wild Birds and Why It Matters," by Darryl Jones of Australia.
After reading the book, I sent Darryl some followup questions, He responded:
"I've been a back yard birder for 30 years but only feeding seriously for about five.
I live in the subtropics so there's no actual winter. So feeding is year-round but always from a low intervention perspective.
I am not trying to provide all the nutrients required just a potentially useful snack.
It would be different if we had a brutal winter but we are experiencing a terrible extended drought and so our modest provisions may be important.
You can download the column here: