Will feeding birds in the fall keep them from migrating?
A common myth is that you should stop feeding birds in the fall because it will tempt the birds to stay put instead of migrating south. The fact is, birds base their decision to migrate mostly on the shortening length of each day as fall and winter approach. Not even an abundance of food at your feeders will make a bird go against their migrating instinct. Making sure your feeders are full during the fall may even help keep those far traveling birds energized during their long journey – plus you get to see some cool bird species as they’re passing through!