Wild Bird Spring Migration Feeding Tips

Feeding wild birds in Spring can be a very fun and exciting time.  Each time you look outside you will see new birds that have arrived from far distances.  These wild birds have just flown great distances to return to the North for the Summer season. They are tired, stressed and finding food can be difficult when they first arrive.

To help these wild birds acclimate to the area there are some things that we can do to make their transition easier.

What To Feed

Keeping your wild bird feeders stocked with fresh seed and suet cakes is a great way to welcome new wild birds to the area.

Using shell free seed is the best. This will make eating much easier for the birds who have just been through a long journey.  No need to bother with cracking open the shell to get to the seed and using energy that is already lacking. Feeding shell free seed is also a cleaner alternative because you do not have to deal with the shells that fall to the ground after feeding.

You will also want to prepare your Hummingbird and Oriole feeders. Give your feeders a nice cleaning and mix up syrup for feeding. Place the feeders in your yard at least 2 weeks before they are expected to arrive as some may arrive early. If Hummingbirds and Orioles do arrive early nectar can be hard to find. House Finches also enjoy a taste of syrup now and again as well.


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