Seed Feeder Placement
Learn how to attract a variety of wild birds with the perfect placement and protection of your bird feeder!
Creating an Attractive Feeding Zone For wild birds to flock to your bird feeders, they need to feel that the area is not only attractive with food and flowers, but a place that's safe from wind, predators, and food stealing squirrels. Follow the guidelines shown above, such as choosing a feeder location away from bushes and shrubs that birds views as potential hiding spots for predators. Also, be sure to hang the feeder high enough that squirrels and other seed-scavenging quadrupeds can't reach.
Squirrel-proof your bird feeding oasis by placing seed feeders at least 10 feet from the nearest tree or fence and as much as 8 feet off of the ground. If these distances are not an option, try using poles, baffles, and squirrel-proof feeders to ward off the hungry critters.
Feeder Health = Bird Health
Check your wild bird feeder once a week for insects and mold. Consider using a chain or hook hanging method for easy disconnect to make feeder maintenance a breeze! Clean seed feeders every two weeks to promote outstanding bird health. Replenish the seed supply and you'll have plenty of returning feathered friends!
Proper bird feeder location, protection, and maintenance are not only important to the birds you're already feeding, but potential grazers and observers too! Make sure your bird buddies feel at ease around your home and in your backyard.
Accessories That Will Extend The Duration Of Your Birds' Visit
A clean and reliable water source is an excellent way to attract birds to your yard.
Birds must keep their feathers clean to be able to fly properly. The best bird baths have a shallow basin with a slight slope so the birds can wade into the water.
Place your bird bath in the shade, near trees or shrubs if possible. The shade keeps the water from evaporating quickly and keeps it fresher.
Birds wet from bathing don't fly well, so they're more vulnerable to predators. Shrubbery and trees at the yard's edge will give them a safe place to hide while they preen and dry off.
Bird houses are a good way to attract those species of birds that nest in holes. These structures should be made of an untreated wood (pine, cedar, etc.) and should have ventilation and drainage holes. Bird houses should be durable, and easy to check and clean.
It is important to first determine what species of birds you want to attract (bluebirds, wrens and flickers are all nesting birds) and make sure your bird house is appropriate for these species. You’ll also want to make sure that the species is in fact native to your area of the country.
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