You set up your feeding station hoping to attract all kinds of backyard birds. You spent time and money looking for and buying their favorite bird seeds, and still they have not come to your yard! What’s up with that?
Or, you have been feeding birds all winter and all of a sudden they have disappeared, leaving you scratching your head and wondering what you did wrong. If the birds have abandoned your yard in the late spring to early summer, chances are they are seeking cooler, shadier habitats where they can find lots of flying and crawling insects.
Another probability is that the adult birds are molting. That is the process of shedding old worn out feathers which are replaced by brand new ones. While that is taking place their wings are not as strong, which makes them more vulnerable to predators. Birds must seek places where they can hide out safely until the replacement feathers have completely ‘grown in’.
Occasionally I have seen blue jays and chickadees that look mighty shabby. Because I live in dense woods, I suspect their hunger has urged them to venture to my nearby feeders for a quick seed snack.
There are plenty of other reasons why your birds may have stopped paying visits, or have not yet even started to favor your yard and gardens with their presence. Here is a checklist of more possible causes for birds to be absent from your feeders.
• Are your seeds wet or moldy?
• Is it early spring when adult birds are busy laying eggs and feeding their young?
• Have you noticed raptors like hawks, falcons, eagles, owls or merlins perched in the trees near your feeding station?
• Did you place your feeder out in the middle of the yard or garden with no nearby cover for birds to escape from predators?
• Do you have feral or domestic cats that routinely roam in your neighborhood?
• Are you using a cheap bird seed mix that contains little or no black oil sunflower seed?
• Do you have lawn ornaments like whirligigs or spinners that might scare birds away with unpredictable movements?
• Is your yard, or that of your neighbors, frequently filled with lots of people, parties and loud music?
Seeds that have spoiled from being exposed to rain or snow is probably the number one reason for birds not using your feeders. Even if they did eat them, they would likely become very sick and possibly die. It doesn’t take much toxic bacteria to kill a small bird. Scrape away all old seeds, and then use a dilute solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water to thoroughly clean your feeders. Rinse and dry completely before refilling.
As a matter of survival, birds are nervous and can be easily spooked by sudden movements, loud music and anything that might keep them from feeling safe and comfortable. This is true especially if they are considering raising a family nearby.
Connie Smith is the proud owner and manager of Grandma Pearl’s Backporch, LLC, and the expert author of many online articles about easy and unique ways you can create the best bird-friendly habitats to help wild birds survive and thrive.
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