My Bird Feeders [videos]
I was asked by Nature Shutterbug to do post on the bird feeders in my backyard. Instead of making this post simple (sorry dial-up friends), I decided to get into this post multiple videos. I do feed the birds year-round but during the Spring-Summer-Fall months I bring the feeders inside at dusk due to the critters getting into them. The suet feeder comes inside at dusk during the winter months but I will fill the other feeders with a limited amount of seeds for when the critters find them.
Stump Feeder (1:40)
The choice seed I use is the pure sunflower seeds and I will always purchase my seeds from a store that doesn’t carry old or spoiled seeds. Fresh quality seeds will guarantee that there will be a very limited amount of wasted seeds found on the ground (which will attract unwanted critters). You must purchase non melt suet or make sure you bring your home-made suet inside when temperatures get above freezing (don’t want to injure our friends).
Sheppard’s Hook Feeders (1:03)
The stump feeder is a great way to feed your birds in a natural setting. I love my stump feeder but it does not hold the seeds like my other feeders do. The Squirrel Proof feeder works so well that the Squirrels have stopped trying to get into it. It is also very easy to take off the tree and fill up with seeds (purchased at Home Depot). The cedar gazebo (thanks Grace) is wonderful because the sides make it impossible for the deer to get into the seeds. But the birdies have no problems in finding the seeds.
Squirrel Proof Feeder (0:45)
I don’t always put thistle out because it is soo darn expensive. But when the goldfinch are around, I put the thistle bag or thistle feeder out. This year with the Common Redpoll and Pine Siskin in the area, I have put an extra effort in keeping the thistle feeders full.
Thistle Feeders (0:38)
It is also important to have some natural habitat around your feeders that will give shelter to your birds! Place your feeders (or stump feeder in my case) around shrubs or smaller trees that will allow birds like your Chickadees and Titmouse to eat their seeds that they just collected. In years past I have taken a broken branch that has fallen and stuck it into the ground so the birdies have an additional place to perch. Christmas is over and by placing your old Christmas tree near you feeders is another excellent way of allowing birds to find some shelter. When the weather is bad, I will throw a handful of seeds under the picnic table which will allows the birds to say out of the elements of the weather. If the birds feel safe around your feeders . . . the are more likely to spend time in your back yard.
Natural Habitat next to the Stump Feeder (0:41)
Good luck in feeding your birds and I hope this was helpful to everyone!
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