May

Spring is in full bloom now, and between the migrants moving through on their way to breeding grounds farther North and early nesters already settled in and raising hungry chicks, feeders can be extremely busy.  As I’ve found, birds can become very accustomed to their expected treats, I’ve had a good scolding from my neighborhood Blue Jays if they arrive in the morning and do not find their expected peanuts in my tray feeder!  This month, continue with the seed mix from March (60% black-oil sunflower, 30% millet, 10% shelled peanuts) and nyjer seeds for the finches.  As the weather warms up, now is the time to switch from the fatty winter suets to the no-melt doughs, as well as offering suets with added fruits and nuts.  I’ve also seen suets with mealworms added, which can be worth offering as mealworms (dried, fresh, and suet form) are important for nesting parents and young birds.

Increase the number of nectar feeders for hummingbirds around your yard as these spectacular visitors will continue to arrive and start to nest.  Make sure you change the nectar every 2-3 days to avoid bacteria and spoilage.  Continue to offer fresh and dried fruit for a wide variety of birds as well.

Optional Projects

Fill netting bags (such as onion bags) or seed-bell feeders with pet fur, hair, short (< 3 inches) pieces of yarn, etc. and hang the bags from tree branches.  Birds will happily gather the materials for their nest.  Do NOT use drier lint, it will collapse in the rain and is not suitable for safe nesting material!

If you are feeling crafty, you can also make your own hummingbird feeders with objects you have around the house.

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