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.
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Spring Bird Feeder Frenzy

I can't keep up with all the birds coming to the feeders. I'm looking for any advice.

You only have to feed as much as you want. I like to watch all the bird interactions and all the new birds arriving, but you can limit the number of feeders or the amount of food offered to make it more enjoyable and not a chore.

After a long migration or harsh winter, birds are hungry and appreciate an easy meal to rebuild their energy. However as a lot more food sources became available, there should be a drop in the numbers of starlings and blackbirds visiting.

Thankfully it looks like the cold weather is finally going to leave us for a while. The rains and now the warm weather brings a lot of bugs, a favorite food for many growing families. And vegetarians like the American Goldfinches are also enjoying soft spring leaves as well as a plethora of dandelion and grass seeds.
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But, don’t forget to keep your feeders clean to keep your birds healthy. And provide an area with a birdbath. Water is a powerful attraction and will increase the number and variety of birds coming to your yard. In fact parent birds will often bring babies to the bird bath as their first road trip.

Related articles:
- Can birds become dependent on bird feeders? http://goo.gl/GZYpke
- Do we stop feeding suet in the summer? http://bit.ly/GKWSRt
- Feeding Baby Birds http://bit.ly/GSHKwY
- Attracting Michigan Songbirds http://bit.ly/GKYw5q

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