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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Backyard Birds That Eat Other Birds

Common Grackle
(Common Grackle)

While most birds in your yard probably consume insects and/or seeds, some backyard birds do eat other birds. Some target adult birds. Some eat other birds’ nestlings. And some eat the eggs of other birds. Do you know which ones? You might be surprised!

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Suet Starlings and Grackles Won’t Eat?

Starlings at Suet Feeder
Starlings Eying a Suet Feeder (parent and fledgling)

Looking for suet that European Starlings and Common Grackles won’t eat? In cooler months of the year, try pure suet. I’ve been experimenting with this type of commercial suet this winter and spring. Pure suet has downsides, but it is worth adding to your bird feeding bag of tricks. Here’s why.

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