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Bird Feeding Basics Part II

Locating Your Bird Feeder

November 2015____________________________________________________ _

This is somewhat of a continuation of last week’s subject regarding selection of a bird feeder.We talked about the types of feeders and the birds that each type might attract. It is important, considering that winter is around the corner and natural food sources will be scarcer.

As we plan ahead for feathered travelers, it is important to consider the following placement factors:

  1. Visual proximity and convenience for humans providing food
  2. Bird safety and optimal bird experience

The first factor is for human visual enjoyment and also convenience in determining when to replenish food and to monitor the placement to make sure birds are able to enjoy feed without interruption.

The second factor has to do with sheltering the feeder from predators and other nuisance mammals.Closely adjacent branches offer a jumping off point for squirrels.Raccoon, Opossum and other small mammals are often looking for a free meal as well.A well placed squirrel guard for pole mounted feeders is an important option as are alternative feeders for squirrels.

In addition to evergreen trees and shrubs, brush piles and can provide safe shelter as a birds may gather a small amount of food and retreat to the pile to eat it.

For protection against nocturnal (night feeding) mammals, you may consider taking the feeder in at night.This makes conveniently locating the feeder to an evening storage area another important location factor.These mammals may eventually find different locations to visit, eliminating your need to store.

In addition to mammals, predatory birds are often on the hunt for birds.Sheltering feeders with the use of tall evergreens is often provides shelter from birds and a safe harbor from winter winds.

Other bird safety location factors include a close proximity of feeder to adjacent windows.If the feeder is within a few feet of the window this may not only potentially offer good human observance but will shorten the distance of flight if a bird hits the window, reducing the likelihood of death.

For the optimal bird experience, attracting a wider variety of complementary birds and extending your visual enjoyment, consider locating your feeder in a landscape that attracts birds.Plants that offer berries, seeds, nuts and nectar may reduce feeding requirements at the feeder.Keep in mind that uneaten seeds that fall to the ground may sprout.For that reason, you may want to have a paved surface under the feeder.

The following links were used in the creation of this blog and should be clicked for additional information:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/where-to-put-your-bird-feeder/

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citsci/take-action/2014/11/dos-and-donts-of-feeder-placement/

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/birding-basics/attracting-birds-wildlife-extreme-weather/