My outdoor thermometer this morning is reading 21 degrees, so there's a good reason that my birdbaths are frozen solid. So I thought it would be a good time to talk about what's going on with birds in upstate New York yards right now.
GET HEATED BIRDBATHS OUT
We've had some frosts and freezes already, so if you haven't already swapped out to your heated birdbath, you should get that done now. Make sure to double wrap with electrical tape the connection between bath and extension cord - that is where most heated birdbath "failures" occur. I even wrap it in a baggie and put another layer of tape. This year, though, I'm converting to the new Lock n Dry® extension cord that seals the connection and eliminates the work.
Make sure clay and concrete baths are put in storage so they don't crack during freeze and thaw cycles.
NO SISKINSPine Siskins seem to have moved on from many area yards but American Goldfinches are still numerous and busy. Give your niger seed loose by giving the feeder a shake and make sure it's fresh to keep your goldfinches happy.