Home Sweet Home

HomeSwweetHome Last week I gave pointers on how to keep house cats from decimating our backyard bird populations. Here are a few more tips to keep birdies safe in their Home Sweet Home habitat:
  • Clean up spilled seed regularly to minimize ground-feeding birds.
  • Check fencing & repair any holes where cats and other predators can get through.
  • Use plastic or metal poles to support feeders so cats’ claws cannot help them climb to the feeder. Baffles are another option to deter hunting cats. I also like the mobile-style bird feeder. It works great in the winter when I feed the birds suet: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Bird-Suet-Cakes/
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  • Birdbaths & bird feeders should be at least five feet off the ground and away from shrubbery where kitty predators can hide. Ideally, bird feeders should be 10-15 feet off the ground.