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Spring seasonal tips

Your Spring Backyard Checklist

  • Use the Best Nest Builder, made of cotton fibers, to provide nesting material.
  • Put out at least 2 bird houses, one for wrens and one for chickadees. Best practice is to hang them from a pole and put a squirrel baffle on the pole 4 ¼’ to 5’ off the ground.
  • Offer mealworms to help the adults feed their young. Orioles feed their young caterpillars and are especially attracted to mealworm feeders while young are in the nest.
  • Use calcium-rich suet during egg laying time such as Pacific Bird and Supply suet cakes and Attractor nutritional suet plugs in various flavors.
  • Cardinals have difficulty eating from a suet cage but will feed their young suet pellets and dried or live mealworms when offered in a dish, tray or platform.
  • Use liquid nectar with Nectar Defender already added to keep your nectar fresh longer. Great for use at the cabin when larger capacity nectar feeders will be unattended for a week.
  • Attract orioles with nectar (change every three days), oranges, mealworms and grape jelly. Put feeders out the last week of April.
  • Do not use Kool-Aid, honey, or artificial sweeteners in nectar feeders. Easy to use nectar concentrate is available for purchase in liquid or powder. Put feeders out the last week of April.
  • Keep ants out of the nectar by hanging a feeder from an ant moat filled with water or an Antguard ® which repels ants.
  • Deter bees from feeders by rubbing mint leaves or mint extract on the nectar ports.
  • Scrub the birdbath with 9 parts water to 1 part bleach. Rinse well. For a safe and healthy bird bath add Bird Bath Protector to the just cleaned bath.
  • The Water Wiggler attracts more birds to a bird bath and prevents mosquitoes from laying their eggs by moving the water constantly.
  • Store seed in the freezer or outside the house (in metal containers ) to avoid moths. Hang a moth trap, available at our stores, near seed containers in the garage.
  • Use Golden Safflower to avoid attracting grackles, and starlings while still attracting cardinals, goldfinches, chickadees and house finches.
  • To avoid attracting starlings while still providing a bird seed mix Bye, Bye Starling.
  • Prevent just-fledged juvenile birds from hitting your windows by applying Window Alerts.
  • Found a baby bird? If it is sparsely feathered and not capable of hopping, walking, flitting or gripping tightly to your finger it is a nestling. Look for the nearby nest and put the bird back in the nest or put it on a protected branch. If the bird is feathered and capable of hopping and flitting it is a fledgling and should be left alone. The parents are nearby and are watching and feeding the fledgling.
  • Found an injured bird? Contact the Wildlife Rehab Center at 651-486-9453.
  • Plan to add berry-producing plants like high bush cranberry, plants for cover like arborvitae and seed producing plants like purple cone flower and sunflower to your backyard.
A bee lingers around the port of a nectar feeder while a hummingbird feeds
Rub mint leaves or mint extract on nectar ports to deter bees from feeders.