Tips for feeding birds in the summer months

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by NearertoGod, May 16, 2008.

  1. Tips for feeding birds in the summer months

    If you feed birds and you live in state/country that gets hot during the summer (starting from May - August, and/or early September), I have compiled this list for you. I have been feeding wild birds for more than four years now so I have learned the tricks to get more birds and lots of different new and strange species to your backyard feeder. Also, this is a great way to provide the birds who regularly come to your feeding station(s) the things they need during the summer.

    1 - Water
    I suggest using bottled, filtered, and water from your fridge if it comes with that feature. Regular tap water contains many, many harmful chemicals that can cause a lot of ailments...who wants to drink that?
    The water should be placed in a shady area, next to your feeder(s). Keep it away from DIRECT sunlight as it'll heat and evaporate and you'll end up with a dry bowl a few hours (or minutes) later. Either use a plastic feeder or a stone bowl.

    2 - Shade
    If you have lots of trees and thick bushes, hang feeders from the trees or place them in the shade of trees and bushes.
    The birds will greatly appreciate being able to eat and drink and not have the sun beating down on their backs.

    3 - Bird Bath
    Birds love taking baths...and who doesn't like to take a cool dip on a 100 degree day?
    Surprisingly, many bird species are attracted to water. Bird baths and water bowls can get a lot of different species you may have never seen.

    3 - Make or buy your own "Summer Bird Feed Mix"
    While many brands will not say "summer bird feed mix", you can make one yourself by putting together a number of different brands and labeling it as that.
    My Suggested Mix:
    1 bag of black oil sunflower seeds
    Almonds or any kind of nut
    Dried fruit (strawberries, bananas, apples, raisins, and any other dried fruit available)
    Citrus juice
    Songbird Mix
    Get a large bowl or a plastic container with a lid
    Pour about 2 cups (or more, depending on the size of your container/bowl) into the bowl/container.
    Add your nuts (handful of each)
    Add your fruit (handful of each)
    Squeeze a little citrus juice over the mix
    Add the songbird mix
    Let the juice dry on the seeds
    After dried, put it outside

  2. Good job, NTG.

    Birds love suet too.
    Oh and peanut butter! :D

    Another thing....
    bird baths can spread germs and disease so keep them clean~

  3. Yeah!

    We had some suet, but then the rats ate it. Oh, and the opossum.

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