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.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Why birds aren't coming to my feeder

I'm worried. Where did all the birds go?

The warm up and the abundance of food available in nature right now may mean a slow down of visitors at the feeders.

Birds don't have sweat glands and try to avoid activity during the hottest part of the day. You still may see activity in the early morning and just before night when it is cooler. And luckily we had a good crop of fruits, nuts, berries, and seed heads for the birds to enjoy naturally. So while the birds are migrating or searching for good winter grounds your feeder may see a drop in activity.

This is a good time to:

1. Make sure your seed is fresh
. One way to do this is to pinch the seed on a piece of paper and see if any oil comes out. (Wild Birds Unlimited receives a fresh load of seed each week).

Clean your feeders at least once a month. Wild Birds Unlimited in East Lansing can wash your feeders year round. Just bring a feeder in and pay $5.00. And to prevent mold in bad weather use Feeder Fresh™ (a silica grit that absorbs water and humidity, is safe for birds, and made from non-toxic absorbent sand). You can also shelter your feeder from the elements by using something like WBU Weather Guard.
3. Add a bath. Baths not only provide clean water to quench thirst, baths also help birds maintain their body temperature and keep their feathers clean. A good part of a bird's day is spent just grooming their feathers by bathing, scratching, and preening.

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Best foods for birds in winter http://bit.ly/6fkng
How long does bird seed stay fresh? http://bit.ly/tRYvG9

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