Are you frustrated by squirrels getting to your well-planned bird habitat? Everyone knows how difficult it can be to stop squirrels from gobbling up tasty seeds from a well-stocked, bird feeder. To avoid more extreme measures, try out a few of these ideas before you fill your first feeder.
Choose squirrel proof bird feeders.
There are many products on the market that are specifically designed to thwart these furry bandits that never give-up. Some squirrel proof bird feeders are weight-activated, some spin or flip and some have metal grids around the seed source that will send squirrels away in frustration. However, even if you don’t currently have one of these specific bird feeders, there are a few quick tricks to squirrel proof an existing garden bird habitat.
Pick a good location.
Since squirrels are quite acrobatic and can jump distances up to 10-feet or more, place feeders away from trees, low branches, porches, and fences. The optimum solution is to mount the bird feeder or birdhouse at least six feet off the ground and leave a 12-foot circle without shrubs or branches.
Add a squirrel baffle.
If you add a smooth-surfaced plastic or metal squirrel baffle above or below the bird feeder, it will prevent squirrels and larger birds, like pigeons and starlings, from accessing the seed supply. Squirrel baffles should be approximately 15-inches wide and set at an angle so these acrobats can’t get proper footing. Some squirrel baffles are even designed to tilt or spin to keep these predators away from your bird feed.
Add a wire cage.
Some bird feeders are already designed with a metal cage to protect the seed source. If not, place a wire cage or mesh with small openings around the bird feeder-small enough so that only birds can fit through and eat the seed.
Try a metal feeder.
If you need to replace a bird feeder, choose one that is constructed from metal or has metal feeding ports as these are less likely to be destroyed by chewing squirrels.
Does seed variety matter?
Even your choice of seed will have an impact. Although a hungry or ‘just bored’ squirrel will eat just about any seed, they are less likely to snack on Nyjer or safflower seeds. Just like most humans, squirrels are sensitive to spicy foods. To discourage them, add a sprinkling of ground, cayenne pepper to your birdseed mixture and watch them scurry away! Add red pepper on a consistent basis so it will remain fresh and potent. For your protection, use gloves when handling the pepper and avoid breathing in the pepper dust.
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Songbirds like sparrows, finches, bluebirds, and other colorful birds that are becoming scares to its natural environment. However, you may help being bird lover by making your backyard a safer place for your favorite ones. Your yard will be more inviting if a birdbath, and nesting spots are safe. It will be then so amazing seeing many different types of species you can have to at your garden. Read more at http://conservationmagazine.org/2014/12/how-to-attract-birds-to-your-yard/
1. Knows the birds in your place. Research what kind of birds living in your environment. You may also try to find out if there are migrating birds in your area. You can obtain your field guide in order to be informed which birds you’re to attract in your yard. Set a target to have an environment which can support any kinds of different species. Keep in your mind that you may attract different kinds of species depending also of what will be its season.
2. Select your best bird feeder for cardinals. The kind of feeder you may choose might influence what type of bird species you can attract by into your garden. Whatever may be the kind of species that you would have. It always have its own important best quality.
3. Supply seed and any other food. Birds are attracted into your garden if you give them food. But there are necessary things to bear in mind. Have you planned what kind of birds you are wishing to attract? If you’re going to invite a vast range of native birds, then it’s a best idea to have more type of bird feeder and to provide different kinds of food..
4. Get to know what foods you must not to provide for. Birds can be directly get poisoned with the food which is contaminated or with content of an ingredients that are hard to digest.
5. Install a squirrel proof bird feeder a location that is safer. When want that the feeder will be near exactly to you for viewing from the house, put it within 3 feet of the window.
6. Maintaining the feeder. It is essential to replace the food more often and clean your feeder with water and soap every other weeks to come.
7. Give a grit. Birds are lacks of teeth, instead they rely on their organ named a gizzard in digesting their food. To work it regularly, their gizzard require a grit – gravel, small stones, or bit of sand..
Securing a Nesting Area
1. Planting trees that are considered a native. Get information on the kind of trees may grow on your locality and try to bring them on your yard by planting it.
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