As an avid bird feeder, you should be aware of the harmful occurrences that your feathered friends could come in contact with. As the weather gets colder, you may not be inclined to be as vigilant about maintaining the outdoor environment that wild birds are experiencing in your yard. It is important to avoid these three backyard threats to improve your life as a bird feeder.
1. Cats and Other Predators: Outdoor and feral cats can be a direct threat to wild birds at any time of the year. Even well fed cats will chase or hunt the birds that are hopping from shelter and food sources in your yard. By being aware during peak bird feeding hours (first thing in the morning); you can keep your feathered friends free from harm. Learn more about backyard predators in our previous post.
2. Avian Diseases: You’re not a fan of giving your bird feeders as much attention in the cooler months of the year and figure that there’s a low chance of the feed spoiling; but diseases can still be transmitted in cooler temperatures! Continue to clean your bird feeders regularly and clean out old seed. Because wild birds will pick out their favorites from a mixed seed variety, make sure that you are diligently cleaning the ground beneath the feeder to keep pests, squirrels, and other wild life from congregating.
3. Windows: You may prefer to watch your feathered friends through a squeaky, clean window, but having clean windows serve as a potential threat to wild birds. Wild birds cannot see windows and are confused by their reflections. A window or glass door could be fatal to a bird. It could causee serious injury, or stunning thatmakes birds more vulnerable to predators. Instead of compromising a clean window, place feeders and baths at least eight to ten feet away from the nearest window.
Take a look at the birding sanctuary you have set up in your yard, how bird friendly is it?