Bird Feeding: Safety Tips

Feeding the local birds isn’t as easy as simply putting out some bird seed and leaving them to it. Birds are most at risk from predators when feeding and the position of the food impacts greatly on how safe they are.

I have four cats, so it goes without saying that we don't see many birds in our garden, in fact it is so rare that when I do see a bird it's a nice little treat!

I don't and I never would encourage birds into our garden, simply because of the cats. Asides from our four little rascals they are lots and lots of cats in the area, so putting bird food out for the birds really wouldn't be wise! 

Tops safety tips for feeding birds:

  • Don't encourage birds into your garden if there are cats or any other predators about.
  • Place feeders twelve feet from a brush pile, evergreen tree, or bush.
  • Choose bird feeders with no sharp edges or points - try here for a great selection! 
  • Bird feeders made from plastic, steel or glass are the easiest to clean. 
  • It's worth trying more than one feeder to avoid over-crowding.
  • You can help to prevent window collisions by ensuring that any bird feeders are more than 30 feet from any windows. This is because a bird feeder that is 30 feet or more from a window is a safe enough distance to help prevent them from confusing reflections. 
    Do you feed the birds in your garden? 
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  1. Nice post!
    Can I tell you something funny though?
    I thought you took the picture of this gorgeous bird and the tea cups. My jaw dropped. HAHA

    I would love your honest opinion on my latest post. You will understand why I am asking you...
    xoxo, Eszter

  2. I put out food in the winter but I hang the feeders up where no cats can get at them! We don't get a very diverse population, sadly.