Help our wild feathered friends survive the winter with hanging bird feeders in your garden
As more and more of both urban and rural America is taken over with pavement and buildings, wild birds are finding it more difficult to find natural havens to support even their small birdie requirements, in terms of food and nesting spots. During the winter, this becomes particularly difficult, due to cold, snow and reduced food supplies. Any bird watcher can vouch for the pleasure you might derive by observing their habits and sheer beauty. Why not help out our bird populations, up close and personal? Installing hanging bird feeders all around your garden satisfies both objectives. Here are a few tips on how to place and maintain hanging bird feeders for maximum pleasure for you and your local wild birds.
1. Choose your locations wisely: You want to be sure the hanging bird feeders are well out of the range of predators. Even if you don't have kitties yourself, there are plenty of kitties roaming the neighborhood, who will spot these feathered friends in a heartbeat, chirping and twittering as they feed. Cats have a great deal of patience when it comes to watching and stalking birds. When installing your hanging bird feeders, be sure to locate them such that a cat can't just climb a tree and easily reach his would-be prey. This includes bird feeders hung from porch or balcony rails. Hung outside a window of your home, you can more easily observe, no matter the weather.
2.Your bird feeders should ideally provide a 'house' as well as a rim for them to perch on while eating. The house provides a place to rest, out of cold winds and encourages nesting.
3.Buy a sturdily constructed hanging bird feeder, one that will survive the winter cold. Birds are picky about the structures they trust. If you keep replacing the feeders, it will take some time before they decide this new feeder is a safe spot for them to congregate.
4.Supplying your wild birds with a good grade of wild bird seed is paramount to your success. You can purchase a large bag of wild bird seed for very little money. Providing a good quality of nutritious wild bird seed will bring you the pleasure of having a large number of 'guests' to your garden, keeping them plump and happy residents over time. Migrating birds may leave your area come spring, but your well maintained hanging bird feeders will soon entice new flocks for the summer.
5.Eventually, you'll probably want to invest in a set of binoculars, to view the birds doing their natural thing. This is a great activity for both kids and adults, providing hours of enjoyment. The more hanging bird feeders you've got, the better!