Just another reminder, that as the weather improves, this is not the time to stop feeding the birds. On the contrary, this is one of the more critical times of the year for bird survival. The natural seed supply has been depleted over the winter months, and, until more seeds are produced and insects become abundant, the natural food supply is often the lowest it will be all year. So do continue to keep your feeders full, not just for the resident birds, but also for the migrants that are arriving. Having a source of seeds at your feeders will help ease the burden of finding remaining food sources. Making suet available also gives them some quick energy back that they may have been expended in migration, or over the cold winter that we have all just been through.
Steve Grinley is the owner of Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gift at the Route 1 traffic circle in Newburyport and the Nature Shop at Joppa Flats.