This past weekend Pam and I added to our feeder assortment by replacing a feeder that was falling apart and adding a couple of new ones to the mix. Hopefully this will give us a wider variety of birds.
Here is a picture of our old feeder setup. You will see that we had a “tri-tube” feeder along with a finch feeder and a suet cage. We were getting a fair amount of birds. In fact, the feeders were always pretty busy. But the triple tubed feeder was on its last legs. Most of the feeding holes were chewed away, the result of squirrels getting on the feeder before we raised the feeder. The seed would just fall out of the holes and the feeder was almost impossible to clean. The finch feeder didn’t get much action. We think maybe it was because it was so close to the other feeder and the goldfinches supposedly don’t like that.
We set out to get a new tube feeder to replace the one we had. We went to a couple of stores that sell bird feeders and found one we liked, the BirdQuest Spiral Feeder. Instead of perches it has a “spiral” that runs from top to bottom. It is easy to clean and holds a lot of seed. In addition we got a Going Green Platform Feeder which is made from recycled plastic and should last a long time. It has a perforated grate at the bottom to help keep the seed dry. We also pulled a feeder “off the bench” which my parents gave to us a couple of years ago. It is a tube feeder with a cage around it to keep big birds out and allow the smaller birds in to get the food. The suet feeder stayed at the same spot. We took the finch feeder off the feeder pole and put it on a hook attached to our deck, away from the main feeder by about 20 feet. Hopefully that will help the goldfinches come back.
We set the new feeders up late Saturday afternoon and by Sunday morning the birds were swarming the feeders. They seemed to like the feeders, especially the platform feeder, which had a bunch of nuthatches and cardinals all over it. So far, so good. Another benefit that I didn’t consider is that the new feeder setup makes it easier to get photos of the birds. I took a bunch on Sunday and will post some when I can get through them.
So far we are very happy with the new feeder arrangement. The birds have a wider variety of options which will hopefully attract some new species and the feeders are better positioned for viewing from the house. We are looking forward to seeing all of the birds that will come to visit. Now, I just need a second job to afford all of the seed we are buying!