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Feeders Placement [Nov. 30th, 2007|12:52 pm]
Backyard Bird Feeding
I somewhat new to feeding the birds and I have a question. Where is the best place to position a bird feeder? Most of the birds we get are ground feeders, so should my feeders be low to the ground?  Thanks.

[User Picture]From: alana_scyleia
2007-11-30 07:38 pm (UTC)
A platform feeder is good for ground feeding birds....or just scatter it in the snow.
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[User Picture]From: miz_geek
2007-11-30 08:08 pm (UTC)
If you want to attract some birds that aren't ground feeders, you could try a different style - that might bring in chickadees, titmice, etc. I've got several different ones - tube feeders with sunflower seeds and thistle, a platform feeder on a pole, a suet feeder, and a house feeder (that's what I call it, I'm not exactly sure what the real name is). I get some of the ground feeders on the platform, even though it's in the air, but others aren't so brave. But they eat the stuff that scatters underneath, so that's okay. Positioning might also depend on squirrels, raccoons, and so on. You can experiment a little to see what the birds like.

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[User Picture]From: crystal_tree
2007-11-30 08:49 pm (UTC)
I have my feeders at all different heights, from about 2 feet to 5 feet above the ground. I usually aim for at about 4 feet or so. I've found that I get fewer birds if I go much above that.

Your ground feeding birds will be happy with anything you scatter on the ground in addition to that, plus they'll get what spills or is knocked off from the higher feeders. I also have a poultry feeder thing that I put on the ground for them.

Let us know what kinds of birds you get! And don't forget the suet, too. I watched the woodpeckers feasting this morning.
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