I used to have birds fly into my bird feeders like crazy. It was a runway. Now we have a bluejay (which we have had before), but now the birds are gone. I see them around my yard and in my neighbours', but they have stopped coming to my place. The robins still come. No hawks or anything because I can hear them, but my little birds have flown the coop. Any ideas?
By Chris from Leduc, Albeta
Don't worry yourself over it. The birds quit using your feeder because now there are plenty of insects and berries and stuff that they don't need to eat from feeders. This time of year blue jays and grackles are about all you'll see in the feeders. You may want to try putting up a hummingbird feeder.
Well blue jays are bullies too so maybe they stopped coming because of that. Although they are pretty, they can be mean.
When birds are in their season, they usually prefer live bugs to seeds, which is absolutely normal. They are probably also into their reproducing mode, so high quality protein (bugs) are needed to feed young as well. So all's right with your feeder. Wait until after their parenting duties are completed and food becomes more scarce again and you will see your little friends! (Attached is a pic of a falcon who swooped down to grab a little bird eating at the feeder recently!)
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