[CT Birds] Snowproofing feeders
Mntncougar at aol.com
Mntncougar at aol.com
Tue Mar 3 13:09:40 EST 2009
Since there is too much snow to go very far, I thought I would mention
something which might be of interest or help to some of you. I have 2 platform
feeders, one on my back porch railing and a smaller one on a pole in the yard.
The birds always loved them because they allow easy access and give good
visibility to be on the lookout for danger. However, when it rained the food
got soaked, and when it snowed the food got buried. I pretty much solved the
wetness problem by putting clear plastic roofs over them, which protect the
seed while still giving good light and visibility. However, in a snow storm
with any kind of wind the seed would still get covered, so this winter I made a
set of removable plastic sides to put up as storm shields when it snows.
Its not perfect but it works pretty well, and takes minimum effort since I
have to go out to refill the seed anyhow. At least they give the birds a place
they can get food even in the middle of a storm.
Pics may be seen here:
The feeder on the porch really should have a snow shield for the outside end
as well, but I put the feed up against the side with the plastic and it
stays pretty much clear. When I put up the shields on the pole feeder I turn it
so the covered sides face east and north. Most often it stays almost snow
free. The covers don't seem to be a problem for the birds, I've never seen 1
hit the tops, and they often sit on top waiting their turns. For a while I
left the sides unmarked also, but after watching a Blue Jay go 0 for 2 one
day I put the tape on them as a warning. The jay swooped down and "bonk"
bounced off 1 side, steadied himself and flew around to the next side and "bonk"
again. Good thing jays have hard heads. Depending on the feeder you could
put up 3 sides, but for me its not necessary. The plastic sheets come from
Home 'Depot, Lowes, or etc. Drill holes for the screws VERY slowly and
carefully or it will crack. If anyone needs more info let me know.
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