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The Backyard Birder
Birding Facts
Choosing a Bird Feeder
Locating your  Feeder
Cleaning your feeder
Types of Bird Seed
Controlling Squirrels


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You should place your feeder where it's sheltered from prevailing winds.

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Locating a Bird Feeder

Swallow Once you've chosen your feeder, the next question is where to put it. A number of factors come into play here. 

The first, of course, is convenience. During the winter and during migration periods, your feeder will need to be refilled frequently. You may be amazed at how popular your feeder will quickly become. Don't place your feeder so far away and so out of reach that refilling becomes a chore you'd rather avoid. You may be tempted to place the feeder in a very awkward location so as to discourage squirrels form raiding it, but the inconvenience to you when it comes to refilling the feeder and the potential to discourage its use by birds, outweighs the benefits of this approach to controlling squirrels. There are other more practical ways to control pesky squirrels such as the use of hot chili pepper. (see Squirrel Proof Wild Bird Seed)

Weather is another important factor. Try to place your feeder where it's sheltered from the prevailing wind. Birds get chilly too and they won't stay long if it means shivering in an icy winter wind.

The next factor is pleasure. You will soon discover that watching the comings and goings of different birds at your feeder becomes one of your great daily joys. Place your feeder where you can see it from your kitchen table as you enjoy your morning coffee or within easy viewing distance of your favourite living room chair. Buy a good bird identification handbook. You'll notice it will be well-thumbed after a few months. You may even want to keep a pad and pen nearby to keep track of all the activity.

The final factor is safety. Songbirds have enemies, both other birds such as hawks and a wide variety of animals. Even your furry, friendly cat, Miss Mew, who spends most of her time either dozing on your lap or sprawled out on a sunny patch of carpet, wouldn't be opposed to killing a robin or two if she got the chance. You won't be able to protect visiting birds from all their enemies. However, by placing your feeder on a pole too thin or slippery to be easily climbed or by suspending it from a wire, you will be giving visitors to your feeder a considerable degree of protection.



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