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Preparing your bird feeder for fall

Summer is ending quickly and temperatures are dropping around the country (except for a nasty heat wave in the West). That means it’s time to get your bird feeders ready for colder weather.

As we’ve discussed numerous times on this blog, it’s important to continue feeding birds throughout the fall and winter months because it becomes harder to find food and shelter. While birds are notorious for migrating to warmer temperatures when the weather becomes unbearable, there are a lot of species that don’t.

Also, a common myth that’s been around for ages says you should take down your feeders in the fall and winter because it prevents birds from migrating, but that’s simply not true. Birds have an internal clock and the one’s that migrate will do so based on the amount of daylight, not on whether there’s food.

So, as the fall months approach, here are some things you should do to get your bird feeders ready.

A lot of times, people stop filling their feeders over the summer because it’s really not necessary to keep them stocked in some places because food is abundant. However, as we stated earlier, the cold weather makes it a bit harder to find food. That’s why it’s important to clean the feeders thoroughly and refill them with seed.

Another good tip I came across from Good Day Wisconsin was the importance of getting your bird feeders planted in the ground before the ground freezes over. In the uninspiring interview (which you can watch below), Barb Brebner gave some other tips for getting your feeder ready for fall.

In the coming months, we’ll have more advice and tips on how to get your bird feeders, bird baths and birdhouses ready for fall and winter.

Spruce up the bird feeder for fall:

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.