You’ve bought your feeder, now what? A sheltered southeastern exposure is best for hanging a bird feeder as birds like to feed in the sun and out of the wind. Birds also prefer to have a clear view over their feeding area to scope out any predators. If this is your first bird feeder, be patient! You may have to wait awhile for them to show up. Don’t be surprised if the curious Chickadee is one of your first visitors!
To Get the Most from Your Feeding Station consider:
- A spot that has 8 -10 feet clearance on all sides
- Keeping feeders 4.5’ or more from the ground when pole or deck mounted
- A spot where you can easily observe and enjoy the birds from indoors
Feeder placement is critical to the success of any feeder system. Squirrels can jump a distance of 8-10 feet and four feet high or more, so consult the diagram below if you want to baffle them. If squirrels can reach the feeder by jumping around the baffles, the baffles won’t help, and you will need a feeder designed to be squirrel-proof.