Do birds eat more in the winter? - East Lansing, Michigan
There are a lot of factors that effect how many birds show up at the feeders.
If you feed year-round you may have noticed birds seem to frequent feeders more at certain times. The most crucial time in the life of many birds may be late winter and early spring when seeds that occur naturally are scarcer. Unfortunately this is when a lot of people stop feeding.
Some birds, like the Dark-eyed Juncos and Red-breasted Nuthatches leave us in the spring while others like the warblers, orioles and the hummingbirds, are only summer residents in Michigan.
Some people believe that once you start bird feeding, it should be continued. Or that feeding your birds in the summer will make them too lazy, too dependent or keep them from migrating at the appropriate time. All of these old myths have been dispelled by modern research and observation. Bird feeding is a fun and educational hobby. Birds appreciate the food but never become dependent on your feeder unless there is a severe storm that prevents them from foraging.
Backyard bird feeding is an entertaining and educational pastime that can be enjoyed by children and adults.
Attract new birds to your yard http://bit.ly/xYtIN9
Is it too late to start feeding the birds this winter? http://bit.ly/w1dKZb
How do you become a birdwatcher? http://bit.ly/AlJkKQ
How to Prepare Your Yard for Spring http://bit.ly/zYHZyV
Would the birds starve to death if I stopped feeding them? http://bit.ly/xOFgb9