In the past year, as my bird-watching passion has grown, I’ve purchased quite a few bird feeders. You don’t have to have a zillion feeders of course, but I have found that having a variety of feeders can increase both the variety and the number of birds that come to visit and that’s what makes it fun! Some of the feeders have been clear winners from the start. Others have needed some tweaking to make them work for the birds in my yard. If you have considered purchasing a hanging platform bird feeder, read on!
Most days I see the same birds at my feeders. It varies by season, time of day and weather, but I generally see the same species, usually in about the same numbers. But just when you think you won’t see anything new, a different bird comes along that you haven’t seen before. Today’s special visitor was a single Pine Warbler. It took me an hour of watching him flit around, coming, leaving and coming back again, before I decided on Pine Warbler. Because this was a new bird for me, I took several steps to be sure I had the ID right.
Today is my day to buy seed for the birds. When I first got into feeding birds in a big way, I was buying a small bag of seed here and another small bag there. At the grocery store. The hardware store. Wherever seed could be found in my usual errand rounds. But when you feed birds regularly, sometimes you need to shop around, both for quality and for price. Figure out how much you actually use each month and see if buying in larger quantities from the right sources can save you money.
Yesterday I saw my first Pine Siskin at the feeder and today I was excited to see these tiny little birds return. But then one of the squirrels did one of their aggressive running at the birds moves that seem designed to deliberately scare the birds away from the food. The birds scattered and one of the beautiful little Pine Siskins hit the dining room window just around the corner from the feeder. I’m not sure if this one was actually on the feeder or waiting his turn on a nearby tree branch. But being new to the yard, he flew the wrong way, hit the window and fell onto the cement basement steps below.