Diverse in form, colors and habits, Alaska's winter birds fascinate observers. However, low numbers of birds, their secretive habits, and the short winter days make bird_watching difficult. Cold binoculars and frozen fingers don't help matters, either! Bird_feeding is a popular way of attracting some winter birds to areas where their beauty and activities can be enjoyed. This hobby is a rewarding way to learn more about birds and other wildlife. The success of a bird_feeding station is determined by the time it is operated, the types of food offered, and the placement of feeders. The following information is meant to help you operate a feeding station that will attract a variety of birds. More information on bird_feeding and on bird identification can be found at your local library or bookstore.
Spruce and hemlock trees provide excellent cover; birch, willow, and alder provide natural seed sources, and some berry_producing plants attract birds that rarely come to feeders. A brush pile also can provide cover for some birds. For more information, read "Landscaping for Wildlife in Alaska." Types of Feeders and Where to Place Them: Different birds prefer different sorts of feeders and locations, so to get the most variety of birds, use two or more feeders. A suet feeder on a tree and a window_ or tray_feeder for seeds is the simplest combination. The feeders shown below are just examples; use your imagination to design feeders that match the landscape and architecture of your home.