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Feeding Outside Birds

Saturday, April 16, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

birdhouseI love birds but I have cats. A bird cage in our house would wind up on the floor! Southern Delaware has a large variety of beautiful birds to watch all the time. I love to sit on my porch and watch the many variety and colors fly by. I alway fill my bird feeders everyday to make sure my little friends have plenty to eat. It you’re like me, the following information on the Humane Society’s website may answer some questions on bird feeding.

What if I have to leave town?
Don’t worry if you must stop feeding briefly—while traveling, for example. In all but the most severe weather conditions, wild birds will find other food in your absence, particularly in suburban areas where other birdfeeders are just a short flight away. If you live in a rural or isolated area, however, try to arrange to have a neighbor maintain the feeders during winter absences.

Where should I put birdfeeders?
Birds are most likely to eat where they feel safe from predators, including free-roaming cats. Place bird feeders twelve feet from a brush pile, evergreen tree, or bush. Birds can quickly fly twelve feet to reach the safe cover, yet predators cannot use it to hide within striking range of the feeder. As further protection, place chicken wire or thorny branches around ground-level feeders. Bird houses also provide protection for outside birds.

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