Temperatures remain in the 90's in Texas but there winter storm warnings in parts of the country.  So in Texas, we have not seen signs of fall but other parts of the country skipped fall and went straight to winter.  Go figure.  

With cold and snow becoming an issue, here are a couple of thoughts for providing winter protection for the birds.

Winter can be a dangerous time in the backyard.  Leaves are off the trees, making roosting spots much more visible to predators.  Wind, heavy rain and snow take turns making the local environment inhospitable to birds and other small creatures. This is a time of testing for our wild friends.

A simple brush pile can help make our yards a little safer during this harsh time of year.  It’s simple to create, doesn’t require a major investment of time or materials. It does provide safe haven for birds, bugs, and bunnies, among others. The birds can hide from cats and hawks, stay warmer and dryer in snowstorms, and even find a snack in the decaying wood.

 

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Brush piles can be small or large, thin, or tall.  Even a small brush pile offers cover.

Pick an acceptable spot in your yard, some place that won’t be a visual or physical stumbling point for people.  To be of best use to birds, you want to create a kind of thicket, with dense cover on the outside and more open spaces on the inside.  You can start as you would to build a campfire, creating a teepee of dead wood.  Then pile on branches pruned from shrubs and trees, twigs dropped by wind and storms, even leftover greenery from the holidays.  Christmas trees can have a whole new life tucked in a corner of your yard where the birds can hide.