Why did the Conservancy put up
these bird feeders?
Over the years the Conservancy has been installing native gardens to provide as much natural food as possible for the birds that live in and migrate through the park. The native plants produce the right types of fruits, nuts and seeds that our avian friends are accustomed to and seek out as they come through the area.
Lately, we have noticed an uptick in the variety of birds sticking around the park into the winter months. While some natural food is still available to them on the trees, shrubs and other plants, we wanted to ensure they have access to reliable, healthy food sources at this time of year. To that end, we spoke with ornithologists and other bird professionals, and based on information they provided, we have selected and sourced very specific bird food. The bags of seed that one typically finds at stores is not adequate or appropriate for many of our non-resident birds. (And many people don’t realize that breadcrumbs are actually detrimental to the health of birds.)
Blue Jay caching
Deborah E Bifulco
Once spring arrives and natural food becomes plentiful again, we will take the bird feeders down until next winter.
We hope you enjoy watching the birds at the feeders and getting to know them. Some of the birds you’ll see include mockingbirds, blue jays, cardinals, robins, sparrows, chickadees, titmice, wrens, woodpeckers and nuthatches. You might also see the unusual Western Tanager who has come to spend winter in the park for the second year in a row.