Spring Bird Feeding

Attracting backyard birds in the spring can be an exciting time for bird watching. Every day it seems there are new visitors to your backyard.

But, while it may be a great time for humans, Spring can be a crucial point in time for our feathered friends. They have just arrived after following their long bird migration pattern. But no matter how much fatigue they may feel, the stress on their bodies has just begun. Natural sources of food may not yet be available or easily accessible. (Especially if there has been a recent surprise late season snowstorm for those in the northern regions!)

Upon arrival the wild birds must stake out and lay claim to a breeding territory, undertake bird mating, build a bird nest and care for baby birds. This process takes humans many years to complete.

But time is not on the side of our backyard birds. They have to get all of these requirements of life completed in just a few short months.

As a backyard bird feeder, you can greatly help attracting backyard birds to your yard and the rewards will be many!

Not only will you have the joy of watching wild birds, but you will be helping them with baby bird care and raising their young through the fledgling stage.

If you prepare properly for attracting backyard birds in the spring, they will come and stay throughout the spring, summer and the autumn seasons, until it is once again time for their bi-annual bird migration southwards.

The best way to get ready for the wild birds in the spring is to be prepared in advance of their expected arrival.

  • backyard bird feeders, bird baths and bird houses are checked to make sure that they are in proper functioning condition
  • a quick rinsing with warm water and detergent gets rid of the dust for those that have been in winter storage
  • the feeders are filled with fresh seed, nectar or suet.
  • Birds also require calcium for egg production. A good manufacturer of wild bird seed will
    have a seasonally adjusted mix that includes calcium in the spring. Or, the backyard birder
    may simply with to add calcium, in the form of crushed egg or oyster shell, to their favorite blend of seed.