I know we have lots of bird lovers in our area, and even though we don't have severe cold weather here, it is still a good idea to re-think putting up the bird feeder before it is too late for some birds to go even further south for warmth and food. My Active Rain friend Bill has a good post just about that. Thanks, Bill.
Here is something to think about. Fall is fast approaching and many of us clean up our bird feeders. Some of us have never stopped feeding the birds at all. But, what about the birds that migrate?
Hummingbirds are one of the most delicate migrating birds. They require a lot of food each and everyday. Keeping out nectar for them to eat keeps them around for the free and easy meal. But, as it turns cold...should we keep feeding.
Per the Department of Natural Resouces wildlife division, NO. If food is still around, the birds hang around longer than they should. Then when they decide to go south, very little food is available and many will starve before they get far enough south to find the next meal. So, pulling in the feeders here real soon is a must.
There are many birds that make the trek south that will hang around if the food is there. It is up to us to make sure we offer food fro the year round residents so that the summer birds don't get caught with no way to find enough food to make it south.
If you are unsure as to what types of foods are good to keep out, there are many bird clubs around that can help with this, or contact the DNR. They will be happy to help.