Feeding Birds Off the Ground
|Baltimore Orioles Feeding on Raised Feeder|
Raised platform feeders keep the birds off the ground where they are vulnerable to predators. Cats can easily prey on them and they are more likely to be taken by hawks while on the ground. Platform feeders keep the seed confined and reduce wastage if they are built with a lip around them. One must, however, clean the trays periodically to prevent exposure to spoiled feed.
|Crow Feeder with a Visitor|
It took the crows quite awhile to learn to use the feeder, but once they realized they could trust us and this new 'apparatus', it has been a great success. The reason I designed it in the beginning was because I wanted to give left-overs to the crows without putting them on the ground for dogs to get into. Dogs have never raided this feeder. They cannot get up to it and it was a surprise that the fox could jump up on it.