Where are the birds? My feeders are quiet and I want to draw the birds back as well as encourage them to be loyal to my feeders.
This is common this time of year. Fall harvest foods are available and you can bet birds are taking advantage of them. The foods include insects, seeds, nuts, berries and fruits. Birds are still using your feeders to supplement meals even though it is intermittent or seems non-existent.
However, birds are also looking for and reviewing food locations for later winter use. They often show a strong loyalty to feeders with high quality foods in sheltered locations. During periods of cold, windy weather they may abandon feeders located in exposed areas like a yard with little-to-no cover.
Since birds are scrutinizing the quality of your food offering and how sheltered it is from severe weather, here’s what you can do to keep them loyally coming to your feeders all winter.
Place your feeders in sheltered locations out of the wind. Offer a small brush pile for birds to get out of the weather. Give feeders a cleaning. Keep feeders filled with quality foods. Keep foods fresh and dry making sure they don’t get clumpy or spoiled.
The birds will return and will repay you later by being loyal to your feeders during frigid winter weather.
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