Where to place your new bird feeder is sometimes a difficult decision. There are so many options to choose from! Different types of birds prefer slightly different ways of feeding, but these universal steps are a good place to begin.
Let’s look at a few ways that you can narrow down the decision making process and start attracting birds to your yard.
Start by surveying your yard.
Stand in your yard and take a look around. Survey the landscape. Look at where birds go naturally and you’ll learn a lot about what is likely to work for them.
If you want to sit on your porch or at your breakfast table and watch the birds, consider places in your yard that have a direct line of sight to where you’ll be. Think about how the sun is likely to be positioned, nothing ruins a good bird-watching moment like having the sun in your eyes the whole time.
Place your bird feeder in a quiet spot.
Birds do not want to feel threatened while they are eating and are easily scared away by loud noises or sudden movements. A bird feeder placed by a constantly used door, street or play area will attract fewer birds and cause the ones who do appear to be constantly stressed.
Think about easy access.
How easy is it to access your feeder? Especially in the winter, when birds need the supplemental food the most, having to traipse across a snow-covered lawn to the feeder might discourage you from using it. Think about how easy it will be to refill and clean your feeder.
Consider the natural landscape.
Placing a bird feeder near natural shrubbery or trees is a good way to make birds feel safe, because it gives them natural cover. Keeping shelter close at hand ensures that birds can hide from predators. If you have Evergreen trees in your yard, placing a feeder near them is a perfect spot. Evergreens provide plenty of safety for birds year round.
Shelter is good, but don’t put your feeder too close to the trees. At least not close enough for cats to jump. Cats are common predators for birds, particularly in urban and suburban areas. Placing your bird feeder four or so yards from trees or shrubs is ideal.
Bird feeders are messy.
Keep in mind, feeders will attract a mess. For this reason, most people prefer not to put them too close to their home. Feathers, droppings and other small waist will accumulate anywhere birds spend a significant amount of time. Make sure you place your feeder somewhere that allows for easy clean up.
Feeders are an important part of any bird-enthusiasts garden. Following these steps will help you ensure the process of filling, cleaning and enjoying your bird feeder is hassle-free for you and healthy for the birds.