July

Although spring is past and summer is in full swing, baby birds are still looking to their parents for food and protection while now also starting to (literally) spread their wings and explore their world.  Prepare to start seeing fledgings hopping around on the ground and starting test flights.  Don’t worry, mom and dad are still about.  If you find a baby bird without feathers you can replace it in the nest, but the feathered ones are typically fine and best left alone.

Continue with the seed mix from March (60% black-oil sunflower, 30% millet, 10% shelled peanuts) and nyjer seeds for the finches.  Offer no-melt suets with added fruits and nuts.  The ever-popular mealworm suets as well as dried and fresh mealworms (if it’s not too hot) continue to be very popular.  A cereal bowl on the ground near a bird bath can be a great way to offer mealworms to robins and other ground feeders, while an elevated tray or bowl feeder is popular with many other visitors.

Maintain several nectar feeders around your yard for hummingbirds.  Spread the feeders out to minimize territorial disputes and increase the number of speedy visitors.  They may be small, but they will fight to protect a food source.  Remember to continue to change the nectar every 2-3 days to avoid bacteria and spoilage.  And you’ll probably want to invest in an ant moat if your feeders don’t have one to keep the 6-legged visitors at bay.  Continue to offer fresh and dried fruit and oriole nectar or jelly.

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