No birds at the feeder; the wrong birds at the feeder; squirrels at the birdfeeder – all these are common birdfeeder problems. Before you give up on bird feeding, try these tips and ideas.
Not all birds are a joy to watch. You can't really blame these uninvited avians for trying to survive, but there are some ways to keep unwanted birds away from your feeder:
- Try using a small tubular feeder which attracts smaller songbirds. Larger birds won't be able to fit on the perches.
- Remove perches from tube feeders to keep house finches away. To keep blackbirds and sparrows away, don't offer cracked corn.
- To keep doves and sparrows away, don't put out bird mixes.
- Starlings do not like to feed at a bottom feed suet feeder. It forces them to hang upside down longer than they like to.
- Squirrels can also take over your feeder. Here are tips for dealing with an unwanted invasion:
- Squirrels are territorial. Provide food for them away from your bird feeders. They will mark that area and stay away from your birds.
- Try hanging your feeders at least 5 - 6' off the ground and 8' from a tree.