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The Best Spots to Place Bird Feeders

To attract more birds to your yard, consider these qualities when choosing where to place your bird feeders.

Nikki Moustaki
Posted: April 3, 2013, 3:15 p.m. PDT

Bird Feeder
Placing bird feeders within reach will help you to see when they are in need of more bird seed.

Excerpted from "Feeder Facts” in "Popular Birding Series: Backyard Birding,” published by BirdChannel.com publisher I-5 Publishing LLC.

Where you place your bird feeders can determine their popularity with birds. If one of your bird feeders doesn’t get much attention, try moving it to a more suitable area that has the following qualities:

Keep It Bright
The brighter the area, the better you’ll be able to see your bird visitors. Find a place that isn’t too dark, and make sure it has some sunshine on it part of the time. 

Check the area for spots from which squirrels can leap (they can jump nearly 10 feet from a low-lying branch or fence post) or where a sneaky cat could hide.

Offer Protection
Place your bird feeders near shrubs or trees, where songbirds can scatter to if a predator approaches while they are eating. Check the area for spots from which squirrels can leap (they can jump nearly 10 feet from a low-lying branch or fence post) or where a sneaky cat could hide. Also, make sure that your bird feeders are located in areas that will protect the birds from cold winter winds, such as on the east or south sides of your home.    

Make It Convenient
Make sure you can see the bird feeders from your favorite chair and you can reach and refill them easily. Don’t place them so high that you have to drag out a ladder to fill them. If the bird feeders are too far away, you might not see when they are in need of more bird seed – or who’s visiting them.


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Posted: April 3, 2013, 3:15 p.m. PDT

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