About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Why are there so many birds at the feeders this spring?

"Look deep into nature, then you will understand everything better. " -Albert Einstein

Most of our Wild Birds Unlimited customers have commented on the increased activity at the feeders. With this unusual spring Michigan is experiencing, insects are harder to find, and many birds are welcoming the supplement of seed and suet to feed themselves and their young. I’ve even watched robins introduce their babies to my suet feeders.

However, with all of the wet weather, it is imperative that a close eye is kept on the feeders. At the very least, feeders can get clogged with wet seed and at worse the seed could be moldy and cause the birds sickness. So, in between rain drops, take a quick peek at your feeders, especially your goldfinch feeders, and toss out any moldy seed, suet, fruit, or nectar, and make sure your feeders are clean. Remember, birds give us a lot of pleasure as we watch them eat, so let’s provide them a safe and clean feeding station at all times.
Related articles:
How to stop your seed from molding? http://t.co/DEOdEeP 
How do I get rid of mold in my hummingbird feeder? http://t.co/5Zs3hRP
What seed is best for attracting the colorful birds? http://t.co/1UJboA6
Do I need to clean my bird feeder? http://t.co/fOvrby5

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