To choose a bird feeder, go by the feeder type preferred by birds you want to attract. Here are the birds that use each type of feeder in my Maryland Yard.Continue reading Which Feeders Attract Which Birds?
One thing spring brings to the Mid-Atlantic is wind. Some times things can get a bit crazy. When the wind is blowing 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 feeder movement (they are used to moving tree branches after all), but there is a point when a feeders are blowing around violently enough that a bird (or even a person) could get hurt.
I have a strategy I use to keep feeders from blowing 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.Continue reading Light Feeder Blowing on a Windy Day
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.Continue reading Keep Squirrels Out of Feeders