Seasonal Bird Feeding Tips - Fall
With cooler temperatures and dwindling food supplies, the fall is a natural time begin bird feeding. With a steady supply of nutrient-rich food, birds will soon see your bird feeders as a go-to source for nourishment! You can expect to see new visitors to your feeders, too! Many birds will migrate through your area and others will arrive with the intent on staying for the winter!
We have some tips listed below to help you with your fall bird feeding. By providing fresh seed, nectar and water to the birds who are beginning, continuing or completing their fall migrations, you are helping them be better equipped for their long journey.
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.
The season is also a time of migration for many bird species, and that triggers a rush on available food as birds move through an area. By providing a safe, clean area for feeding, you can help these birds as well as your resident birds.
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 waterers make their life easier, and if they are thawed over night, they become a steady source of water when streams and rivers freeze.
Want to Learn More About Fall Bird Feeding?
Bird feeding in the fall is critical as birds prepare for migration or to stay in your area for the winter. Learn all about fall bird feeding at the Wild Bird Journal, where you learn about when to begin feeding in your area, the best food for fall feeding and a whole host of fall bird feeding tips.
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