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(*v*)  Should You Feed Wild Birds In Autumn?

(*v*)  A Great Style of Feeder For Winter & Why..

(*v*)  Featuring The "Bird Perch Hotel"

(*v*)  If you missed the Hummingbird Series it is still available for a little longer!

(*v*)  Check Out Our New Birding Calendar Format.
Cedar Waxwing Enjoying Autumn Berries

 

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Should You Feed Wild Birds In Autumn?

You have fed the birds in your backyard all summer. It has been fun and exciting to watch them as they go about their busy lives building homes and raising families.

You have had an opportunity to get a close up look at their behaviour towards one another and you probably saw things for the first time, even though you have been feeding wild birds for many years.

They have given you months of pleasure.

Will that stop now that the weather is changing. No.

Keeping your feeders full during the Autumn months will allow you to observe how the birds prepare for their long journey. Or for the friends who stay with us all winter, how they form groups, to weather it out together. This is a good time to be consistent so the birds recognize a source of food that can be counted on.

It may not seem to be the best time of year because the temperatures are dropping in northern regions of North America, but some birds are molting into the shoulder season between summer and winter, to rid themselves of their breeding plumage.

If you stop feeding them you may not see the transformation quite as clear. They can look odd sometimes and it is interesting to watch. Cornell Lab of Ornothology has a good explanation of the avian molting process here.

Now you struggle again with whether you should take your feeders down, because someone may have told you the birds will not migrate if you leave them up.

Is that true? Let's find out.
Feeding Wild Birds In Autumn Is It Bad OR Good? -->
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Chalet Feeder Versus Tray Feeder

 

A Great Style of Feeder For Winter & Why..

One of my most favourite style of bird feeder is a "fly thru" feeder. The reason is that so many birds like this open type of feeder. It is easy for them to hop in, choose the kind of seed they like the best and keep going on their way. Chickadee's, Nuthatches and Blue Jays love these feeders because that is their grab and go way of eating.

But even the birds that like to linger and fill up while they are there, like Cardinals and Mourning Doves love fly thrus too.

This style of feeder is great for us because they allow clear view of the birds. Visibility is another reason the birds like it too because they can easily see if a predator is in the area.

But, and this is a big one. When the weather gets rougher with lots of rain and wind as the Autumn moves along and then winter with it's snow, sleet, and ice, a fly thru feeder or also known as a tray feeder, feeding table or platform feeder, creates a high maintenance piece of bird feeding equipment. 

They need constant vigilence to make sure the seed is not covered with ice or snow making it difficult for the birds to eat. A platform feeder will need to be frequently brushed off to keep the food accessible.

Also high winds can blow the seed away and if the seed is left wet for prolonged periods, then it will go moldy and/or rot.

So to prevent all these cold weather problems it is a good idea to trade your fly thru feeder in for a hopper, gazebo or chalet feeder during the nasty weather seasons.

Your seed will be accessible and safe with a chalet, hopper or gazebo type feeder!
 
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Watch the Video About the "Bird Perch Hotel"!


You will love what one of my visitors shared to my Facebook page "Wild Birds". It is a creation she made called "Bird Perch Hotel". I pinned it to the top of my page for  a week, so you can go and watch the video she sent. Don't miss it! And while you are there please like the video and my page. Thanks  ('v*)

Bird Perch Hotel
 

Quips & Queries

Peek into the Fascinating World of Hummingbirds

If you signed up for Wild Bird Scoop News before May 1st, 2018 then you did not receive the 7 Part Series on Hummingbirds that we ran during the winter of 2017. If you would like to receive it, then please follow the link below.
 
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Check out Wild Bird Scoop Calendar of Birding Events for Activities Near You!

Wild Bird Scoop Calendar of Events has had a complete overhaul! Please visit and let me know what you think.

Also please contact me if you have an event you would like posted. Hope you like the new format.
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"ABOUT HALF OF SHOPPERS BUY WILD BIRD FEED AT LEAST SOMETIMES."

 
From: USA & CANADA
WILD BIRD FEEDING INDUSTRY
YEARLY RESEARCH 2016


I am particularly excited about this as people being interested in wild bird watching in their backyard and beyond, is the main way to help preserve habitat and safe conditions for future birdlife.

Great going everyone, lets keep it up and spread the joy!
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Coming Up...

You Have To Love Bats!

October is National Bat Month

Important Links & Sites for Backyard Bird Watchers

 

Enjoy & Benefit from All These Great Sites Regardless of Where You Live - the Birds do!

 

If You Live in the USA

eBird

Christmas Bird Count

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Education Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Bird Sleuth
 

If You Live in Canada


Project Feeder Watch

Christmas Bird Count

Bird Studies Canada

Education Bird Studies Canada

Other Valuable Sites

Audubon

Birdlife International
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Until the next issue wishing you abundant wild birds! 

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