Who knew that there are so many birds in summer coming to feeders? Not me, that’s for sure. I feed the birds in winter but thought that in summer there would be only House Sparrows. Right now I am going through at least 2 lbs of seed per day. Little did I know the number of birds and different species that would come..besides House Sparrows there are House Finches (as above, male in breeding color), Brown-headed Cowbirds (male and female) a Red-winged Blackbird, Black-headed Grosbeak (male and female) Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, one male Goldfinch, one young Starling, these not to mention 3 squirrels feeding from seed dropped on the ground. And also Hummingbirds, many Hummingbirds, below is one of the many:
So now I have a decision to make: husband thinks that I am doing them no favors by feeding them but I love to see and hear them in the yard. But by providing birdseed am I harming them because they don’t have to search for their natural food? I saw a mother House Sparrow carrying a moth to her nest and that got me to thinking the birdseed feeding.
So what do you think? is it a good idea to feed or a bad idea? I am undecided.