Q: What can I do to keep the wind from blowing all the food out of my hanging feeders? I have tube feeders that swing so much in the wind that the food spills out in no time.
A: Various strategies can minimize the problem. Because wind direction is somewhat seasonally predictable, having alternative sites for hanging your bird feeders can help. Try the following tips singly or in combination.
- Hang feeders in the lee (sheltered side) of a shrub thicket. The birds like to have cover nearby as shelter from predators and wind and will use the thicket for roosting.
- Attach your feeders to the lee side of your house, a fence, or close to a tree trunk.
- Switch to pole-mounted feeders during the windy weather. The wind will still blow some food to the ground, but sparrows, cardinals, juncos, doves, towhees, and a few others birds prefer feeding on the ground anyway.
- Take down your feeders until the wind subsides. Birds are not as active in high winds and they will return when the wind dies down.
Reprinted from the Fall 2005 edition of WBU BIRDTracks®