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Baltimore oriole by Tammy Simmons.

Essential Tips for Summer Bird Feeding

Bird feeding is a rewarding pursuit—for us and the birds!—that can be enjoyed year-round. Whether you're offering sugar water to hummingbirds, suet cakes to woodpeckers, or mealworms to insectivores like bluebirds, the heat and humidity of summer can adversely affect the offerings at your feeding station. Follow these tips to ensure the health and safety of your backyard visitors.
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A ruby-throated hummingbird visits a backyard feeder in fall. Photo by Shutterstock.

Autumn is Here! Should I Take Down My Hummingbird Feeder?

This question is at least partially motivated by the concern that leaving a feeder up will prevent hummingbirds from migrating in the fall. This is a myth. Hummingbirds (and all migratory birds) have an instinctive inner urge that tells them to move. No healthy hummingbird would ever stick around just because you’ve left your feeder up in the fall. But there are some good reasons to keep your hummingbird feeders up! Find out why.
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A male Baltimore oriole visits a feeder offering grape jelly. Photo by Tammy Simmons.

Top 10 Weird Things to Feed Birds

Sunflower seed may be the hamburger of the bird world, but don't you sometimes get bored scooping the same old seed out of those 50-pound bags? We'll never know if the birds get bored, too. But just in case they are yawning at your feeder offerings, BWD editor Bill Thompson, III, has a few suggestions to help you break out of the old feeder routine.
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Bird ID Guide

Bird Identification Guide

What bird is that? Consult our bird identification guide to ID mystery birds in the backyard and beyond. We have photos, song recordings, in-depth entries, and more to help bird watchers correctly identify the birds they spot.
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