An increase of activity could be the result of many factors. Weather is the number one reason. Birds that eat suet are usually bug hunters. Cool temperatures or droughts aren’t conducive to the reproduction of insects. We had a very cool spring in Michigan and birds were going crazy for suet! When the migrants arrived they were desperate for high-calorie foods. Then it rained, warmed up here and the birds moved off the feeders to forage more for more wiggly food.
And lot of birds have sweet beaks! Woodpeckers, finches and orioles are often sighted at hummingbird feeders in Michigan. They can also get their sweet fix by sipping sap from trees like maples, nectar from tree flowers or juices from fruit.
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