Yet emerging evidence suggests that feeding wild birds poses risks. Bird feeders can fuel the spread of avian diseases, alter migratory behavior, help invasive species outcompete natives and give predators, including free-roaming neighborhood cats, easy access to birds and their nestlings.

Do birds like you if you feed them?

First your birds need to feel safe in the environment they are feeding in, then they need to feel safe with you in that environment. Eventually they will come to think of you as part of their habitat and it won’t be a big deal to take food directly out of your hand.

Why are we not supposed to feed the birds?

As a mysterious avian disease spreads in much of Indiana, experts are advising people to avoid feeding birds, whether through a backyard feeder or by dropping food outdoors, because keeping birds from congregating can slow or stop the spread of the disease.

Will birds be OK if I stop feeding them?

Birds can be forgiving if a feeder is empty for a few days, but a feeder that is consistently empty won’t attract birds. Wild birds won’t starve if feeders are empty since they get most of their food from natural sources, but they also won’t return to an unreliable food source.

How do birds know when I put food out?

Birds primarily use vision, their sense of sight, to locate food. Birds may see seeds that they recognize as food in your feeder. But to do so, they have to be pretty close. Some birds of prey (hawks, eagles, falcons) have excellent visual acuity–they can detect prey very well–even from a long distance away.

Why do birds throw seed out of feeder?

Birds throw seed hulls from the feeder

Birds eat the meat of the seed, the kernel. They discard the seed’s fibrous outer covering, the hull. If you examine the seeds under the feeder you may see that it is mostly the two inedible halves of the hull that have been tossed on the ground.

Should I stop feeding birds in summer?

Some people prefer not to feed birds in the spring and summer when there is abundant food. However, leaving your feeders up year-round is not a problem as long as you keep a few things in mind: If bears live near you, you should not keep feeders up during the warmer months.

Do bird feeders spread bird flu?

“Songbirds, the kind of birds you typically see at bird feeders, are less susceptible to highly pathogenic avian influenza and are unlikely to play a significant role in spreading the virus,” Golder said.