When deciding where to put your foods and Bird Feeders
, it helps to try to put yourself in the mind of a bird, which brings a whole new meaning to bird brain doesn’t it! By this we mean don’t simply put bird food out where it is most convenient for you, as birds may find a location too exposed or too close for the possibility of ambush and will be afraid to approach.
Most wild birds seem to prefer flying to and from cover to a relatively open feeding area where they have a good view of approaching dangers. It is best to position bird tables, feeders and platforms close enough to natural cover that birds have a safe place to retreat to in the event of a passing bird of prey or neighbourhood cat.
This is particularly important for ground feeding where you may consider using a ground guard, a special wire cage, to help keep feeding wild birds safe. If you have multiple Bird Feeders
, space them apart to prevent crowding and aggressive territorial behaviour and the possible spread of disease.
Try to reach a compromise between safety for the wild birds and you being able to enjoy your visitors.
Even if you have no garden, maybe because you live in a flat, if you have a balcony try hanging some Feeders
in a convenient place and provide plants in window boxes or if you have no balcony there are even Feeders
which attach directly to the outside of windows.