Should You Feed Birds in Summer?

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

Some people say you should not feed birds in the summer and yet many people do feed birds year round. So should you feed backyard birds in the summer? How do you decide? Here is how I think about it.

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Do Squirrels Scare Birds Away?

American Goldfinch and Female House Sparrow on Squirrel Buster Plus Feeder with Baffle Added
American Goldfinch and House Sparrow on Squirrel Buster Plus Feeder with Baffle

Squirrels not only eat seed from bird feeders, but squirrels also scare birds away. So even if you have a weight-activated “squirrel-proof feeder”, you might still want to baffle it to keep squirrels from jumping on it and frightening birds away.

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