PHOTO BY BRON CULLEN
This tufted titmouse sitting in an ice-covered crab apple tree makes a pretty picture, but for birds that don’t head south before winter rolls around, this time of year can be especially difficult. Often faced with bitter cold, snow and ice, birds must search for food from sun up to dusk to maintain their body temperatures. Happily, millions of Americans spend billions of dollars every year on food for birds. Here are some must-have foods that are important for winter birds: fatty foods, such as suet and peanut butter; seeds, including sunflower, millet and cracked corn; nut meats; and don’t forget water.