Scarborough, Maine

400 Expedition Drive
Scarborough, ME 04074
Gateway Shoppes Plaza near Cabela's

 (207) 771-2473

Open Today Until 5:00 pm

Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Spring & Summer Feeding

Over 100 North American bird species supplement their natural diets with bird seed, suet, fruit and nectar obtained from feeders.

Access to abundant and healthy food supplies is important to birds…regardless of the season. Bird feeders provide a portion of these important nutritional needs for your backyard birds throughout the year.

Birds with access to backyard feeders benefit greatly from their ability to spend less time foraging for food and more time engaging in activities that enhance their health and safety. These activities can include:

  • Selecting better nesting sites and constructing higher quality nests. Adults will also have more time available for protecting their nest, eggs and young from predators.
  • Laying their eggs earlier than those birds without access to feeders. This is significant because earlier broods typically have better rates of survival and fledging success than later broods.
  • When abundant food is accessible to parent birds, it means that more food is provided to their chicks. This extra nutrition can increase the nestling’s rate of growth and reduce aggression among nest siblings.
  • Birds are very vulnerable to predators while searching for food, as the distraction of foraging results in a reduced ability to focus on dangers and threats from predators. Less time spent foraging means less distraction, and a greater ability to spot a predator in time to successfully evade it.
  • Contrary to popular belief, recent research shows summer to be the season when birds visit feeders most frequently.
  • Feeding your birds in the summer will not make them too lazy, too dependent, or keep them from migrating at the appropriate time. These misconceptions have been dispelled by modern research and observation.

The food and housing we provide can make a significant difference in how well birds will thrive and survive in our backyards.