Backyard bird watching is a pastime enjoyed
by millions. To attract birds to your home,
start by putting up some bird feeders and follow the following tips:
Use black oil sunflower seed
since many birds
refuse to eat most of the filler
mixes. Finches, chickadees and
love a small, slender black seed
or nyger. Hang a mesh bag of
it from a post
or line. In the winter, suet
woodpeckers, chickadees and nuthatches.
can buy suet cakes where seed
Seed will attract other feeders,
squirrels. To discourage them:
- Since squirrels can jump 10 feet to reach
a feeder, set feeders at least 15 feet away
from trees and buildings.
- If you set your feeder on a pole, set bafflers
of at least 2-3 feet in diameter below it.
These barriers, available where feeders are
sold, block the progress of squirrels up
the pole, although some clever squirrels
still figure ways around them.
- If you hang your feeders, use thin wire or
high-strength fishing line
to deter squirrels.
Put a baffler above the feeder
for good measure.
- One model of feeder than mounts on a post
resembles a little green metal house. When
an animal heavier than several birds climbs
on it (like a squirrel), the feeding tray
If you have bears in your area,
it may be
wise to take feeders inside each
Finally, use proper care to make
a positive experience
- To prevent the spread of avian diseases,
clean feeders and discard spoiled seeds at
least once a month.
- During the summer, if you set up hummingbird
feeders, clean them and replace
water solution at least once
a week. Fermented
solution can be deadly.
- To guard against birds striking windows near
the feeders and getting injured seriously,
keep blinds partially closed. Putting bird
decals on the windows also helps birds see
that there is a glass barrier.
- Finally, remember to keep cats indoors. Cats
let outside kill countless millions of wild
birds every year.