Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Suet in winter for summer benefit

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Feb 16, 2014 9:22 AM CST
I will have my squash growing up here in the summer. I will take down the feeders, and the trained birds will come eat the squash bugs instead.
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Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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Feb 16, 2014 11:18 AM CST
Birds are definitely our friends when it comes to insect control!

I live in Florida where we have many year-round resident birds and also many northerner birds that migrate here during the winter. I've heard folks say we should never feed birds during the summer but I feed seed and suet year-round and the birds still help with the insect control. We have a bunch of tiny little Warblers visiting the area now and they are constantly eating tiny gnats. Our screened porch is right on the water and those little birds will cling to the screen picking off the gnats. Spring is on the way and I will miss our winter visitors when they head back north in the next month.
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