Each new season brings changes to the bird dynamics in the yard. So I tend to do some tweaking of the bird feeders or their placement each season. To reduce the amount of seed winding up in squirrel bellies, I decided to turn a ground platform feeder into a platform feeder on a pole. The feeder I converted is a Birds Choice Fly-Through Platform Feeder.
Should you feed squirrels? Will feeding squirrels distract them from bird feeders? If you put out food for birds, you are almost guaranteed to have other critters come to eat too. Keeping squirrels from dominating bird feeders and eating a large portion of the food can be a continuous challenge. This is the story of my experiment feeding squirrels in hopes of getting them to leave my bird feeders alone.
Over the past few years, as my bird-watching passion has grown, I’ve purchased quite a few feeders. You don’t need a zillion feeders of course. But having a variety can increase the variety and the number of bids visiting. And that makes it fun! Some feeders have been clear winners from the start. Others have needed some tweaking to make them work for the birds in my yard. If you have considered purchasing a hanging platform bird feeder, read on!