This time of year many of you will notice an abrupt and sometimes dramatic slowdown at your feeders. You may even notice some species become practically non-existent. Bird feeders in September and October are typically very quiet. This is surprising to some but actually normal and understandable. With the conclusion of the breeding season birds are now in less need of a quick, easy food source... your feeders. While raising their young during the months of March through July birds expend huge amounts of energy and will take great advantage of backyard feeders. We sell more seed and suet during those months than we do in winter.
Now young birds are independent and the lives of adult birds are at a much more leisurely pace. On top of that nature is producing an abundance of food at this time. Not only are insects still plentiful but every tree, shrub, weed, and wildflower has produced seeds, nuts, and fruit. There is literally food for birds everywhere. It is a great example of the fact that birds do not rely on our feeders but simply take advantage of them in times of more demand for food. So, don’t worry that you are not seeing many birds around the feeders right now. It is totally normal. About the time we get the first frost, or two, you will begin to see a return of your favorite birds to feeders. And you will begin to see our winter visitors, like Junco’s, White-throated sparrows, Yellow-bellied sapsuckers, Kinglets, and hopefully, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, and Red-breasted Nuthatch.
So, while the birds take a break from your feeders now would be a great time to give your feeders a thorough cleaning. Warm soapy water, a brush, and a little effort is well worth the effort to provide a clean, healthy feeding environment for the birds.
AND… look for an email coming soon about a FALL BIRD FEEDER & BIRD FEED SALE