Store in a cool, dry place. Helpful hints for successful bird feeding. Year-Round Food: Feed the birds all year round. As in winter, springtime can be just as difficult for wild birds to find an adequate supply of seeds. Birds are attracted by a reliable source of food, so keep your feeders full and they'll return faithfully. Timing: Feed early in the morning, when birds are i most active and in search of high energy food. Set up feeders in September or October to attract birds as they first establish their winter feeding territories. Water: Provide a constant source of water near your feeding area and the birds will flock to it. Keep it ice-free. Shelter: Place feeders near trees and shrubs because provide a safe haven. A sunny, windless, southeastern exposure is the preferred feeding location. Variety of feeders: The style of feeder will affect which types of birds are attracted to it. Cardinals prefer platform feeders, finches prefer tube feeders. Food makes the difference: Each bird species has its food preference, so providing it will attract them. Keep it clean: Clean seed feeders whenever they become wet and seed sticks to their corners. Regular cleaning of your feeders and watering areas benefit the long-term health of the birds.