It's time to pull the bird feeders out and make sure they're ready for the winter. The first thing you need to do is make sure they're clean. You don't want your best efforts to make the birds sick. According to About.com's wild bird expert, Melissa Mayntz, dirty feeders can harbor bacteria, mold and other diseases that can cause major problems.
While most of us have many plants with seeds and berries for the birds to munch on in the fall and winter, not to mention plenty of branches for shelter, bird feeders keep a garden alive, when there's little else growing. So get those feeders ready and stock up on seed that will attract some life into your garden, with advice from Melissa.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti.