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Continued: How birds beat the winter cold

  • Article by: VAL CUNNINGHAM , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 4, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Brown creepers need the calories provided by suet in cold weather, but they avoid bird feeders. Mount a suet cage on a tree trunk for creepers, says reader Don Grussing, and you’re “almost assured of seeing these tiny birds,” especially when no other birds are around (they’re shy). He brushes away the snow below the feeder so creepers can pick up suet morsels the other birds drop.

 

St. Paul resident Val Cunningham, who volunteers with the St. Paul Audubon Society and writes about nature for local, regional and national newspapers and magazines, can be reached at val​writes@comcast.net.

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