Nuisance Birds at Feeders

European Starlings Arrive at the Feeders
European Starlings Can Be a Nuisance On Feeders

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, some birds are less welcome.

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How to Quickly Clean Tube Bird Feeders

American Goldfinches Using Nyjer Seed Tube Feeders
American Goldfinches Using Nyjer Seed Tube Feeders

It would be great if you could just put up a bird feeder, fill it with seed and forget it. But there actually is some maintenance involved. Wet moldy seed can collect in crevices and on damp spots. 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 spend hours scrubbing them. So I’ve come up with two strategies to make cleaning feeders quicker and easier.

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Squirrel Buster Plus Bird Feeder Review

Squirrel Buster Plus Bird Feeder
Squirrel Buster Plus Bird Feeder

If you made me pick one bird feeder for my yard, I might go with the Squirrel Buster Plus. This feeder takes a lot of stress out of bird feeding. As the name tells you, Brome designed the Squirrel Buster Plus to defeat squirrels that want to pilfer the seed you put out for the birds.

There are many feeders that try to do this, but in my experience, this feeder 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.

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