Bird Feeding Tips
Tips on attracting and feeding backyard birds.
Watching baby birds at feeders
One of the most satisfying and pleasurable aspects of summer feeding is watching adult birds interact with their young, especially when bringing them to your feeder for the first time.
Bluebird Feeding Fledglings on Window Sill
If you expect to see small birds, half the size of their parents, you are in for a shock! The newcomers will be approximately the same size as their parents, but you will be able to recognize them by their stubby tails, feathers with wisps of fluffy down, and poor table manners – somewhat as spoiled human children might do when teasing their parents.
Young Blue Jay begging for food
They usually beg with mouths wide open and wings fluttering. At a feeder well stocked with suitable foods, the parent is usually able to jam down food into every gaping mouth, but that doesn’t stop the youngsters from wanting more. Often, the parent will try to escape by flying a short distance away but the young birds will pursue the parent, squawking and screaming all the way.
Male American Goldfinch feeding a youngster
Enjoy the fun!