Birds know when to migrate according to sun, weather and their natural instincts, that give the temptation to migrate. It doesn’t matter just how much food is available for them, at the bird feeders or where ever, when it’s time for them to go , they go. Migrating birds do want to consume however, especially during migration, and if you maintain your feeders well stocked, then you will get a bigger assortment of birds at your feeders during migration.
2. Birds will starve if you stop feeding them in the winter, so once you begin, you can not stop.
You will want them to think of your yard and garden as a place for food, so they will hang around all year. Birds in the garden are very valuable and are not only pretty things to look at. They consume a whole lot of bugs and creatures that would be eating your backyard. So attracting birds to your yard year round is a good thing. If you suddenly needed to go away, though, they would find food somewhere. If you know you will be away however, it’s better to arrange for a neighbor to refill your feeders for you. If not, then you might need to be patient and lure them back to your yard.
3. Feeding the birds is really good (or poor) for the birds.
In fact, birds do not desire for us to feed them. They are perfectly capable of finding food by themselves. What’s it good to feed the birds? It surely is for us, because we get to enjoy watching them and listening to them, not to mention all of the good they do in our own houses. Feeding them is also great for them, since they get a greater variety of food at the bird feeders than they would normally get during winter, and it’s more accessible for them. It’s not “poor” for your birds as birds eat what they like. If the food you put to the feeders for them gets spoiled or destroyed, they will avoid it. If you put food they do not like, they will avoid it and go someplace else to eat. That’s a very good reason to use good bird seed mixes on your bird feeders.
4. The bags of mixed seed located in the grocery shops are bad for the birds.
Actually, it’s bad for the pocketbook, not the birds, since the birds will simply toss out the seeds they won’t consume. Bags of cheap bird seed, whether it’s in the supermarket or not, generally has so much filler seed in it the birds won’t touch, or it has reddish milo, wheat and other items in they do not eat and it will have none of the good stuff such as, millet, black-oil sunflower seeds, broken peanuts, safflower or sunflower hearts. So it is a waste of cash. But, even the grocery shops are beginning to carry higher quality birdseed, with very fantastic combinations of seed, nuts and fruit which appeal to a lot of sorts of birds. Buying bird food in feed/hardware stores or specialty bird stores is generally best, but high quality combinations can be found other places as well.
5. Squirrels and blackbirds won’t eat safflower seed.
If this was ever true, it doesn’t appear to be true any longer. Lots of folks report that any bird (like blackbirds) or mammal (like squirrels) that will eat sunflower seed, will also eat safflower seed.
6. Just one species of hummingbird is found east of the Rocky Mountains.
I’m unsure of where this myth came out and if it were ever true, but it certainly isn’t true today. There is a huge array of amazing hummers at hummingbird feeders all around the east, north and south.
7. Birds won’t eat milo.
I have always believed milo to be one of those filler seed at the inexpensive bags of bird food, however I’ve recently discovered that at the southwest it is a favorite of doves and quail and several other birds.
8. Hummingbird meals with red dye in it’s bad for your hummers.
The truth about this myth is that we truly and really do not know. There is no proof that it’s bad for the birds, but there’s not any proof it isn’t either. If you buy hummingbird food ready mixed, then it will probably be red. If you combine your own (1 part sugar dissolved in 4 parts warm water and chilled) then you do not have to bring the food color. The red food color is in factn’t necessary because the crimson that attracts the hummingbirds is generally located on the feeder.
9. There’s a bird feeder that is 100\% mosquito evidence.
I’ve bought enough “squirrel proof” bird claws to know the fallacy of this myth. Squirrels are creative, resourceful animals and if there’s a huge population of these, and they are hungry , they will find a way. It could take them a while, but they WILL succeed.
10. Hummingbird feeders shouldn’t have perches since it is bad for the hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds can feed while hovering, and they’re able to feed while stationary on a perch. There is no proof that the perches are bad or good. I have feeders of both types in my lawn and the hummers seem to stay longer at the feeders with perches (I do not blame them, I would rather sit to eat too) and the other hummingbirds linger nearby anticipating their turn.
Therefore, in fact, there is not any great reason not to feed the birds, yet there are plenty of really great reasons why people should. Seeing the various species of birds that show up in our feeders and watching how they interact with each other can be so amusing and fun. If the birds come to think of your yard as a haven with available food, they’ll stick around and come back season after season, year after year. This is a good thing for you, because it means you will have less bugs and creepy crawlies into your yard, eating on you and your garden. If you are lucky enough to have songbirds into your area, then you will have additional reason to feed the birds.