February is National Bird Feeding Month, and while many people probably don’t give too much thought into the practice of bird feeding, there are proper ways to do it and common mistakes that are made.
To shed some light on this subject, Tristar Products review some of the most commonly made bird feeding mistakes.
Only One Feeder
Different birds have different diets and therefore different bird species prefer different types of bird feeder styles. If you’re hoping to diversify your bird feeding and attract the maximum number of birds, using a variety of different feeders is the best option. Open feeders with perches will attract a wide variety of birds, but mesh socks work best for finches, nectar feeders work best for hummingbirds, suet feeders draw in woodpeckers, and jelly feeders are for orioles.
If your bird feeder is only empty for a day or two then it’s not a big deal, birds will still come once you fill it again. But if your bird feeder remains empty for an extended period of time, the birds will eventually learn that your property is not the best place to find food. Keeping your bird feeder full is one good way to consistently attract birds.
Some of the cheaper brands of birdseed contain fillers such as wheat, milo, or cracked corn. These are not grains that many bird species typically eat and many times the birds will just toss them aside to get to the good stuff, leaving a mess on your yard. Investing in better birdseed will ensure that less of it goes to waste.
Although bread is made from grains, it is processed to the point where it is not very healthy for birds. Processed grains like bread, crackers, cookies, cereal, and donuts will attract birds but it won’t give them the nutrients they need like good birdseed will. Using bread and other processed grains as a treat for birds is OK every once in a while, but it should not be an exclusive diet for them.
We shouldn’t forget that there is other wildlife out there besides birds, and those other animals will gladly eat from your bird feeder if you don’t prevent it. Raccoons, deer, squirrels, rats, and more are all threats to bird feeders, but there are plenty of ways to protect your birdfeed.
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