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Putting feeders away for summer

Do squirrels and grackles have more than one food source in the summer? I put several of my feeders away for summer and stopped putting out ears of corn. I was getting WAY too many squirrels and grackles. Now I feel a little guilty. They will learn to search for food elsewhere, won't they?

Birding Expert - George H. Harrison

Neither birds nor squirrels depend on feeders to survive at any time of the year. In fact, in a study at the University of Wisconsin found that black-capped chickadees gleaned only 25 percent of their daily diet from feeders; 75 percent came from the wild, even when feeder food was readily available.

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