Duane N wrote in post #14617495
One thing I would recommend is to clean the feeders every so often (I clean mine about every 2 weeks or so) by using bleach and water (be easy on the bleach) then rinse well. This will keep the feeders disease free because a lot of birds visit a feeder and can transfer disease this way. Keep you water supply and bird bath clean as well...I clean mine daily. No worries about hot (abient temperatures) or cold water...they're used to water being hot or cold.
I have Cardinals, Titmice, Robins, Blue Jays, Catbirds, Mockingbirds, Doves, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers etc. that could care less I'm out on the deck photographing them...they're used to me being out there and I feed them very well.
Good luck and have fun.
Glad you brought this up, I need to do it.
For the OP, I put out a few hanging feeders, they worked well and slowly moved them closer to the house. But having a perch mounted to the store bought hanging rig moved way to much for photos.
So I got a platform feeder and made a clamp on rig for easy changing of different types of perches over it. Now when they land, getting ready to jump down to the feeder, everything is rock solid and doesn't move around.
I was watching out the window this week and noticed a couple birds with short legs, thinking what in the world? then it hit me, honey had put enough black oil sunflower seed in there to drown them. LOL
But you should try some of the black oil sunflower seed. Our birds love it. At times there's eight or so in it at once. Then one will do a swoop and scare em off.
They seem to like feeding in the shade around here on hot days, I've tried sunny spots that didn't work as well.
As for how close they will come to a window? I put one of the hanging feeders with in inches of the window and they will get all over it too.
The platform feeder holds the seed well also. The hanging feeders go empty pretty fast.
But at the moment I have both, don't mind the seed on the ground, some birds like it there.
Ground feeding birds are using the platform also, I like that.