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Feeders For Birds
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Feeders for Birds

Hmm. If birds could talk, I wonder what they would say. Maybe something like, who built this thing, it hurts my feet. Ouch! Suppose they say to one another, what a tacky designer. Don't they know these colors don't match? Or maybe they would say, this is the best feeder ever! I'm staying here. Or, could be they just want the food.

So why do we as people, spend millions and millions of dollars on an item that holds what the birds want? I'll tell you why. Pleasure! Plainly said, just good old fashion enjoyment. Nothing complex or high tech about that. It just makes us feel good inside.

Now, we could just throw a cup of seed out there and they'ed come. Not too tidy, very messy and not attractive in our yards. That just won't do.

No, we go from the simple to way over the top just on feeders, let alone the bird houses and bird baths. And I'm as guilty as they come. I spend time just watching wild birds that for the most part can go where they wish to nest and raise their young. So the bird feeder is important to me, in that it attracts them and keeps them around and I'd like to think, to the birds.

In my region we have squirrels, lots of squirrels. So my feeders are squirrel proof. I've tried to be the good samaritan towards them, but they can wipe your seed out in a day if not protected. It seems that if one squirrel finds a free meal ticket, they text all their relatives and the feast is on! I've had as many as fourteen squirrels in my yard asserting their dominance over my feeders . Squirrels can easily jump ten feet or more from side to side, and go straight up five feet or better,though not their preferred method.

My feeders of choice are the Duncraft Squirrel Proof Squirrel-be-Gone and the Squirrel Proof Birders Choice. Why? Glad you asked. I feed our birds year round and like to use both oilers and song bird feeds. In the spring and summer months I add food for the orioles and hummingbirds. I've tried other feeders that are good and worthy, but personally I like the Duncraft product line. They're well designed, rugged and easy to clean. Two years ago an adult deer( a doe) attempted to help herself to some feed in my Squirrel Proof Squirrel-be-Gone and got her hoof caught in the squirrel guard. She must have thrashed around pretty good because the feeder was torn down and located about fifteen feet from its original spot. The only thing damaged was the squirrel proof lever. I made simple repairs, and it's been working fine since.The green feeder in the picture, is the actual feeder the deer took down.Very durable.

I do enjoy feeding the birds and it doesn't matter how you do it, just do it!


Street Talk

When my sons were about 10 or 11, they taught me how to catch a hummingbird without harming them just using two fingers. The birds are so fearless when guarding a food source, you can place your fingers beside the feeder hole and wait for them. When one comes in to feed, you gently close your fingers on the beak. It was a unique experience. I prefer to leave them be and enjoy there busy litte lives.

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  about 5 years ago

We have a two story pommegranite tree that houses humming birds year round. It is right out our front window and it is a high point each week o take the time to go sit our and watch the wonder of birds,

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  about 5 years ago
Al4256  

Nice article Dave. When it comes to squirrels getting into the bird suet I out out, my concern is that they don't find the roof of my house and move in. Enjoyable read.

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  about 6 years ago

Al, sorry fot the late reply. Squrrels can do some damage if trying to get at something. I've made peace with them and now we're just one big happy family. LOL.

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  about 5 years ago
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