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Backyard Birding Tips for Spring
Migration can be hard on a bird. Long distance with changing climates can make locating food a challenge. Just when you thought Spring would be a breeze on birds, it’s actually a tough time for them. Here are a few simple tips you can make to your bird feeding routine in Spring to help them improve the season.
What birds need in Spring:
An extra food source to recover from migration like suet can be a welcomed treat.
Space and material to prepare for nesting can be placed in a suet cage.
How you can help:
Clean and fill your feeders with bird seed
Fill hummingbird or oriole feeder with nectar and jellies
Set up a bluebird house or other birdhouses
Hang a suet cage filled with nesting material like twigs, dry grass and cotton.
Always follow manufacturers instructions before using any product.
Backyard Birding Tips to Attract More Hummingbirds
Choose a feeder that’s:
Easy to clean. Mold can build up and nectar can spoil easily in warm weather.
Equipped with an ant cup or moat. Ants are reluctant to cross the water to get to the nectar.
Nectar Know How
Keep it Fresh. Change it every 2-3 days.
Keep it Simple. You can mix concentrates or powders right in the feeder. They dissolve easily and without lumps. Added nutrients like calcium can help with egg development.
If you make your own, use pure white cane sugar only. Dissolve 1 part sugar in 4 parts boiling water.
Empty Nest Syndrome?
If backyard birds have stopped flying by your yard, try these tips:
Clean your feeders. Birds won’t eat moldy or contaminated seed.
Keep your feeders filled. If you let food run out, birds may move on to another area.
Create a hassle-free zone. Take steps to curtail visitors that can bully the birds like Grackles, squirrels, hawks or cats. This can mean adjusting the height of your feeders, or placing them farther from shrubs or trees where predators can leap from. You can try feeders that have built-in features to deter visiting pests. And, you can try different seed to attract or discourage specific visitors.
5 Tips for Keeping Feeders Clean
Think of your bird feeders like a cafeteria or restaurant. Would you want to eat there? Birds can catch and spread diseases from dirty bird feeders and moldy seed. Learn how to clean your bird feeders and how often you should do it. You’ll be on your way to helping, not hurting, the birds.
More often if you live in a damp climate, or during rainy seasons.
Mix 1 part bleach with 9 parts water.
Substitute vinegar for bleach to prevent damage to wooden feeders.
A protein-based cleaner made for birdhouses and feeders that won’t contaminate seed or leave behind chemical residue.
Scrub the inside, outside, feeding ports and perches
Remove droppings, mold and dirt
Brushes designed for scrubbing out feeding ports make the task simpler
Let it dry before refilling
Damp seed can develop mold quickly which may lead to health problems for birds
Clean the ground below the feeder
Leftovers can sprout
Droppings and discarded seed and shells can harbor bacteria