Light Feeder Blowing on a Windy Day

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Male Eastern Bluebird on Feeder
Male Eastern Bluebird on Feeder

One thing spring brings to the Mid-Atlantic is wind. Some times things can get a bit crazy. When the wind is in the twenty or so mile per hour range, feeders sway a lot. When wind gusts over thirty miles per hour, bird feeder baffles start kiting around and the feeders move with them. Birds can deal with a certain amount of movement (they are used to moving tree branches after all), but there is a point when a feeders are yanked around violently enough that a bird (or even a person) could get hurt. 

I have a strategy I use whenever winds pick up that works quite well in my yard. I described it in this post: Bird Feeder Baffles in the Wind. But I am now also using a very small feeder for mealworms. For this particular feeder, I needed to use a different strategy.

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Keep Squirrels Out of Feeders

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Squirrel Peeking Over a Baffle at A Squirrel Buster Feeder. The baffle keeps him out.
Squirrel Peeking Over a Baffle at A Squirrel Buster Feeder

I now have twenty-five bird feeders in my yard. Squirrels do not get into ANY of them! You might think you have to accept squirrels eating at your feeders. But after many years feeding birds, I have found that you don’t have to give into squirrels. You CAN keep squirrels out of bird feeders.

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Will Birds Find My Feeder?

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Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal Eating Safflower

How long will it take birds to find a new feeder or a feeder you have moved? And will they find the feeder at all? Don’t worry. They probably will, but you need to allow a little time. Here is what I’ve learned about adding or moving bird feeders in my yard.

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