Attaching perch space to your bird feeder will attract a wider variety of feeder birds. Perches act as a platform and offer the sure footing that ground feeding birds, like Cardinals, prefer. These birds will be more likely to linger at a feeder for longer when they have a secure place to perch, affording great bird watching opportunities.
How to have a successful birding experience:
Placement: Birds feel vulnerable out in the open, so try to place your feeder near a bush or tree. If you have other feeders, placing this one near an older one will help the birds get used to it. These creatures of habit could take weeks to feel comfortable at the new feeder.
Mounting: Hang your feeder with a hook or chain or mount it on a bird feeder pole.
When to Feed: Feeding year round is good for the birds and gives you the most enjoyment.
Water: Birds need a regular supply of water for both drinking and bathing.
Cleaning: Please, for the sake of the birds, keep your feeders clean! Dirty feeders can harm the birds. Dry thoroughly before filling with seed.
Metal perches: Birds’ feet won’t stick to metal perches in freezing weather since they have no sweat glands in them.
Discourage squirrels: Place your feeder 4 feet from the ground and 8 feet from anything a squirrel can jump from.