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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