Jan 2, 2019 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, December 2018

Dear Birdsquatch: Will Our Feeder Birds Starve While We're on Vacation?

What will backyard feeder birds do when you go on vacation? Birdsquatch has an answer.
Share:

Dear Furry Bird Genius:

My wife and I will be spending two weeks in Ecuador this February. What if there's superfrigid weather while we're gone, or an ice storm? I'm concerned that our feeder birds will starve. Should we hire a pet sitter to come fill our bird feeders while we're away, even though we don't have pets?

—Charles E., Bloomington, Indiana

Dear Chuck:

Ecuador? Wow! I've never been there, but I believe I have some distant cousins down that way, called Wawa Grande, which I believe translates into "large convenience store." As for your question, don't sweat it. Your birds will be fine because birds have wings and are really good at using them to move around to find food. When you come back, you might notice that it takes a few days for the birds to return to your backyard smorgasbord. And if this is a problem for you, then yes, by all means hire someone (or ask a friendly neighbor) to keep the feeders filled during your tropical travels. And if you do hire someone to put out food for birds and wildlife, might I suggest a person who can bake pies?



About Birdsquatch

Birdsquatch is WBB's tall, hairy, and slightly stinky columnist. He is a bigfoot who has watched birds all his life. His home range is unknown.

What do you think? Tell us!

comments powered by Disqus

New On This Site

The Latest Comments

  • I have the same situation. The feeder is attached to the middle of a large picture window that goes ceiling to floor w/ no ledge or sill for animals to climb or balance. Yet every morning all the sunflower seeds have been cracked open and hulls left. Any ideas what it is?
    by Liza Fox, Sun, 15 Nov 2020
  • I have a bird feeder that sticks to my window and I've been hearing noises against the window at night right now its going on. But whatever it is it is aware of me. And when I get to window it leaves.I can't imagine a squirrel or mouse or possom being able to get at it. ...So as I was reading this article im to assume no bird eats at night. Or no birds will eat at night. Why is that? Then im also thinking of a sinereo that could a lost confused bird eat at night. This eating thing is watching meI turn out the light go there noise dissappears..Thank you.
    by Nosferatu, Thu, 05 Nov 2020
  • I have metal baffles (cones) on my pole for my bird feeders. Something is still tempting them at night. What else could it be? Deer???
    by Ella Spencer Connolly, Thu, 27 Aug 2020
  • I found where he lives, then I keep him up all day by singing at full volume! Hah, that'll show the little sucker!
    by Pike Juan, Tue, 11 Aug 2020
  • I never knew feeding birds could be so confusing. I love watching the birds in my backyard even though I don't get a very big variety.
    by JustMyOpinion, Sun, 26 Jul 2020