Many times our largest feeders are stationed out in the middle of the yard on immovable poles or posts. Or feeders are just hung on an available tree, where they can’t even be seen from the house. These feeders are usually filled on nicer days, but often they go unfilled because it’s easy to forget about a feeder that you don’t regularly see. Either that, or it’s raining, it’s snowing, or any other reason that causes us not to go out and check if the feeder is full. Rather than let the birds go hungry, why not invest in a couple of poles and hangers that can be used to move feeders closer to the house and also in position for better bird viewing?
The time to do your feeder moving is obviously in good weather when the ground isn’t frozen. With a little forethought and action, you can be enjoying beautiful bird views all summer and winter long from the comfort of your house—and filling feeders will be easier than ever!
These days, the deck, patio and porch are integral parts of a home’s living space. In summer, nothing is nicer than hanging out on the deck watching the birds up close! You can make your deck or patio bird-friendly all year long by using hangers that easily clamp to a deck rail. Some clamp-on hangers offer multiple places to hang feeders, while other, single arm hangers feature a particularly striking feeder. For patios, use multi-armed hangers with ground stakes that can be pushed into the ground around the patio or a porch’s seating spaces. Adding a hanging pot of flowers makes the view even more attractive!
Wall-mount hangers take up very little wall space, but really add impact. Most swivel on their brackets so you can move them to the most ideal position. These work extremely well on the outside of a kitchen window over the sink, or outside the window of a breakfast nook. Think of the places where you spend a lot of time in the house and think of how pleasurable it would be to watch the birds while you’re there! Washing dishes is certainly not drudgery when you are viewing beautiful birds chirping and fluttering outside your window—and close enough to see every detail!
Another great place to put a pole and feeder would be at the end of a walkway, or along the side of the driveway. These are areas that are used frequently as you come and go, so you’ll be reminded every time you pass to check the seed level. In summer a hanging pot of flowers along with the feeder will help beautify your house. And in winter, these areas are usually kept snow-free, so you won’t have to traipse through two feet of the stuff to fill the feeder. Keep seed handy and close by to make filling easy. If the seed is located in the garage, use a container that deters mice and other critters from getting into it. Another great idea is to freeze your five pound seed bags and suet. Frozen seeds and suets are fine for the birds and freezing kills off any flour moths that might be present. With a few new feeders and a couple of versatile poles or hangers, you can be enjoying birds from your windows or deck all year long.
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