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Should a Bird Feeder Be Kept Up All Year Round?
Bird Seed in Warm Temperatures
Don't stock feeders with raw or homemade suet in the summer because it can spoil easily. Even regular bird seed can spoil in the heat, especially if there is rain. Check your feeders on a regular basis to make sure it is being eaten. You may need to change it more often to attract birds. One trick is to fill your bird feeders halfway to keep bird seed fresh. If that doesn't work, set your feeders in shady areas which are more likely to attract birds. Remember, birds also like running water, so setting your feeders near a bird bath may help get their attention.
Warm Weather Bird Watching
The National Wildlife Federation claims spring and summer months provide some of the best opportunities for bird watching if you leave your feeders in place. You may even be able to observe species of birds you have never seen before. In addition, NFW recommends installing bird baths to help birds maintain healthy feathers. They also stress the importance of keeping feeders and bird baths clean and changing water daily to prevent problems with mosquitos.