In the Fall
Fall is the traditional start of the bird feeding season. If you took down your feeders during the summer, now is the time to bring them back outside. Clean the bird feeders and then fill them with fresh bird seed.
For the fall and winter, consider adding suet feeders to your yard. Suet cakes are composed of rendered beef fat, seeds and grains. This high-energy diet is especially important in the colder zones of the country where a bird’s metabolism has to work overtime just to keep warm.
Songbirds need water in any season for drinking and bathing, and all birds need to maintain a ritual of preening their feathers even as the weather gets cooler. Bird baths make their life easier, and if they are heated, they become a steady source of water when streams and rivers freeze.
In the late fall and winter, heavy snowfalls bury natural sources of wild bird food. In addition, most of the lush berry and seed laden vegetation of spring and summer has withered and blown away, and most insect species are either dead or dormant.
Then, in the spring time, feeding provides the supplemental nourishment birds need to recover from migration. Additionally, summertime feeding helps reduce the stress of nesting at a time when natural seed supplies are at their lowest.
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