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.
When a squirrel decides your bird feeder is full of food put out just for him, what can you do? You might think you have to accept that when you feed birds that squirrels be eating at your feeders. But after many years feeding birds, I have found that you don’t have to give into them. To keep squirrels out of feeders, you need to observe how they are getting into the feeder(s), think creatively and be willing to try a variety solutions. You CAN keep squirrels out of bird feeders.
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.