Feeding Times


Spring is the time to adjust your bird feeding system to accommodate springtime migrants, as well as the winter birds and permanent resident birds that have been visiting your feeders all winter.


Many people are discovering that feeding birds in summer can provide an abundance of surprising and interesting visitors. Bluebirds, mockingbirds, thrashers, catbirds, orioles, grosbeaks, towhees, woodpeckers, and hummingbirds can all be attracted during the summer months. You can double the number of bird species visiting your feeders by offering a diversity of food and feeders during the summer.


Fall is a dynamic season of change and adaptation for birds, providing you with the opportunity to attract migratory birds, in addition to the permanent residents that visit your feeders year-round. Food habits change as seasonal food supplies change. The high-protein insect diet characteristic of many birds in summer changes in the fall to fruits like mountain-ash and glossy black chokeberry. The best way to feed birds is to adjust the foods and the feeders with each changing season.


Winter is the time to change the composition of bird foods offered and perhaps the arrangement of your feeders. This will aid in the birds survival, as well as increase your viewing enjoyment in the snowy months ahead. Permanent residents, such as chickadees and cardinals, are dependable every year. Some winter visitors are birds of boreal regions. Their feeding patterns are unpredictable and tend to be cyclic. Numbers can peak at three to four or nine to ten year intervals, or they can be irruptive, meaning periodic appearances of unusually high numbers. If seeds are in short supply, some species, such as red-breasted nuthatches, common and hoary redpolls, pine siskins, red and white-winged crossbills, and pine grosbeaks, may wander far from their normal ranges in search of food.
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