If you are feeding birds, it is probably because you like them. Otherwise why do it? While some backyard birdwatchers welcome all birds to their feeders, for many of us, there are birds that are less welcome. Some people don’t like House Finches. Some don’t like House Sparrows. Others draw the line at Brown-Headed Cowbirds. Red-Winged Blackbirds? European Starlings? Common Grackles? Your list may vary. What birds at your feeders do you consider nuisance birds?
While it would be great if you could just put up a bird feeder, fill it with seed and forget it, there actually is some maintenance involved. Wet moldy seed can collect in crevices and on damp spots and birds will eat at a dirty feeder if that is where food is found. A dirty feeder can harbor germs and spread disease among the birds that we enjoy so much.
So feeders need to be cleaned periodically. Because I have quite a few feeders, my goal is to make the process as efficient and painless as possible. I don’t want to be spending hours and hours scrubbing them. So I’ve come up with two strategies to make the process quicker and easier.
If you made me pick one bird feeder for my yard, I think I’d have to go with Brome’s Squirrel Buster Plus. It is a feeder that takes a lot of stress out of bird feeding. As the name tells you, the Squirrel Buster Plus is a bird feeder designed to defeat squirrels that want to pilfer the seed that you put out for the birds. There are many feeders that try to do this, but in my experience, this is one feeder that actually succeeds. Even if a squirrel gets on this feeder, he doesn’t do more than slide around on it or dangle. He doesn’t get to eat from it. After a few unsuccessful tries, they generally leave it alone.