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What Birds Could You See at Your Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder?

What Birds Could You See at Your Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder?

One of the joys of having a garden is watching the birds flying in and out, filling the air with their songs.

If you want to attract birds to your garden, you’ll need to provide them with food – and preferably place this food in a squirrel proof bird feeder, so that it isn’t stolen by squirrels or other pests, such as rats. But what types of birds are you likely to see when you place a squirrel resistant bird feeder in your garden?

The Roamwild PestOff Bird Feeder is an ideal solution if you only wish to feed songbirds and not pests.

Sparrows

Sparrows are the most common garden birds in the UK, as they rely heavily on humans to provide them with food. They also stay in the UK throughout the year, so during the winter will need some extra food, as well as a place to shelter. If you provide both of these, you’ll see loads of them in your garden!

Blue Tits

There was a time when blue tits were on the decline, however they have made a dramatic comeback, and are now the second most common bird found in UK gardens. Blue tits absolutely love mealworms, so if you want to attract them, you should ensure your squirrel proof bird feeder is able to dispense this type of food.

Starlings

Starlings might not be the most glamorous of garden birds, but they still need feeding just as much as all the other visitors to your garden. There is a slight problem though: starlings tend to be pretty greedy, and can end up taking all the food before other birds get a chance. To stop this happening, make sure you get a bird feeder that can be used by multiple birds at the same time.

Blackbirds

Blackbirds are some of the most welcome visitors to any garden, thanks to their beautiful song. If you want your garden filled with their melodies, it is best to fill your squirrel proof bird feeder with flaked maize, as this is one of their favourite foods. You should see them in your garden quite a lot, as they are one of the UK’s most common birds – although numbers have been slowly falling for a while.

Robins

The number of robins in the UK is currently on the decline, however they are still pretty common in gardens throughout the country. Robins like to cling onto the mesh of a bird feeder, so it is important to purchase one with this feature if you want to attract them. They are the only garden birds to sing during the winter, so you definitely want them in your garden during the winter months!

The Roamwild PestOff Bird Feeder is an ideal solution if you wish to feed only songbirds and not pests.

The Pros and Cons of the Top 3 Bird Feeders

The Pros and Cons of the Top 3 Bird Feeders

 

There are a number of different bird feeders on the market, so deciding on which one to buy can often be tricky.

To help you choose, we’ve produced this guide to the three best bird feeders out there, so you can buy with absolute confidence…

3) Cage Feeder

We’ve put all cage feeders together, as they are pretty much all the same. They hold bird food in place properly, and can be hung out of the reach of certain pests. But what about pests such as squirrels and rats – pests that can easily scale a tree to reach the tasty morsels inside? Well, with a cage feeder, the squirrels won’t be hungry for long, as they’ll easily be able to steal all the food inside. For this reason, we’d recommend a squirrel proof bird feeder instead.

2) Squirrel Buster Mini

The Squirrel Buster Mini is a squirrel proof bird feeder – as the name suggests! It works by using the weight of the squirrel to its disadvantage, as when the squirrel hangs on the feeder, the feeding ports will close and block access to food. When a bird sits on the perch though, the weight is not sufficient to stop them feeding – plus the wire mesh allows for extra perching room.

There are a few issues with this squirrel proof bird feeder though, with one being the fact that there’s only a very small rain protector on the top, meaning that inclement weather can spoil the bird feed. What’s more, the mesh – although great for birds – can easily be damaged by gnawing squirrels, allowing them to potentially break in.

1) PestOff

The PestOff squirrel proof bird feeder is the market leader, and for good reason. With individually spring loaded feeding ports and a strong body – specially designed to prevent pests from causing any damage – it is regarded by Which? magazine as one of the best bird feeder on the market. It not only prevents squirrels from stealing food, but is also proven to stop large birds and rats as well.

Perhaps the best thing about the PestOff squirrel proof bird feeder is this though: it comes in three different designs, each of which is specially built to contain different types of food (mixed seed, peanuts and nyjer seeds). This means that they dispense food perfectly, never getting blocked and stopping birds from feeding. PestOff really is the number one bird feeder on the market, so why not see why for yourself?
Five of the Best Winter Bird Foods

Five of the Best Winter Bird Foods

Squirrel proof bird feeders are undoubtedly great for keeping your bird food safe, but what you put inside them is equally as important

During the winter, birds all but rely on us – especially in the cities – to make their time an easier one. But what exactly should you be putting in your squirrel proof bird feeder during the winter months?

Peanuts

Humans and birds alike love peanuts, and they are packed with fat – meaning that birds can stay plump throughout the winter. They’re also inexpensive to buy, meaning that you don’t have to break the bank to keep your garden birds happy! The PestOff squirrel proof bird feeder comes in a design specially designed to dispense peanuts, while also providing the answer to that age old question of how to stop squirrels eating bird food.

 

Black Sunflower Seeds

 

Black sunflower seeds are also a great food to place in your squirrel resistant bird feeder – but why black ones specifically? Well, the answer comes in the amount of oil they contain, as they are much higher in this essential ingredient than standard sunflower seeds. Like peanuts, you’ll be able to find a PestOff squirrel proof bird feeder that’s specially designed to hold sunflower seeds.

 

Nyjer Seeds

You might not have heard of nyjer seeds before, but birds – especially goldfinches – absolutely love them. They are tiny black seeds and they are really high in oil, making them really healthy, however their size means that they need a special type of bird feeder to hold them. Don’t worry though, as there’s yet another type of PestOff squirrel resistant bird feeder, which is designed to hold nyjer seeds perfectly.

 

Mealworms

While mealworms are a slightly more expensive food to place in squirrel proof bird feeders, they are worth it, as they are a natural foodstuff and are loved by birds of all types. Dried mealworms are the best type to use, as they do not run the risk of going off and making birds ill. If you want to feed birds using mealworms, the PestOff mixed seed design is perfect.

 

Bird Seed Mixture

There are many bird seed mixtures on the market, but how do you know which are the best ones? Well, the best ones generally have a mix of sunflower seeds, peanuts and maize. This is because these foods all have their own individual merits, all of which are great for birds. Why not try them in your squirrel resistant bird feeder?

Ten Simple Tips for Successful Winter Bird Feeding

Ten Simple Tips for Successful Winter Bird Feeding

 

  1. Put out feeders with good size capacity: And/or use multiple feeders to provide ample food especially during snow and ice storms.  The Roamwild Pest-Off squirrel proof bird feeder come in 3 variant - mixed seed/sunflower hearts, peanut & Nyjer seed.

Ten Simple Tips for Successful Winter Bird Feeding

 

  1. Put out feeders with good size capacity:  And/or use multiple feeders to provide ample food especially during snow and ice storms.  The Roamwild Pest-Off squirrel proof bird feeder come in 3 variant - mixed seed/sunflower hearts, peanut & Nyjer seed.
  2. Provide nutritious winter seed foods: For most birds theses often include seed mixes of: black oil sunflower seed, hulled peanuts, niger seed and white millet seed.  Mixed seed bags can be purchased at local bird and lawn and garden centres.
  3. Offer fatty food too:  Birds need to burn more calories in the winter just to stay warm.  Suet is considered a high energy food because it consists of fat that has 9 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram for carbohydrates or protein. Peanut Butter is also popular with our flying friends but is more expensive than suet. Suet feeders are a favorite of woodpeckers and other insect-eating birds
  4. Keep your feeders full: Winter birds need to stock up on calories especially for those long, cold winter nights.
  5. Be consistent and keep feeding through the winter: Birds grow accustomed to your feeders especially in severe weather when the snacks you offer may mean their very survival.  If you leave home for an extended period, try to have a neighbor or friend keep the feeders going.
  6. Remember water: Birds can become dehydrated in winter even if surrounded by ice and snow.  Putting out a pan of water near the feeder on warmer days is a terrific idea.
  7. Stamp down the snow below: Ground-feeding birds such as dark-eyed juncos, doves and many sparrows will be able to gather up the seed that drop from the feeders if they don’t have deep snow to try to manage.  
  8. Hang feeders in cat-safe locations: Place bird feeders in locations that do not also offer hiding places for sneak-attacks by cats and other predators. Think of placing the feeders ten to twelve feet from shrubs or brush piles.  This gives the birds some time to react.
  9. Remember feeder cleanliness: Your feeders can get a little grimy. Because natural food sources are scarcer in the winter, more birds may be attracted to backyard feeders and those feeders will need to be cleaned with some hot water and dried a few times during the season.
  10. Save some money and stock up on seed: Bird feeding veterans say it is best to stock up on birdseed in the Fall when many lawn and garden centers are discounting it to make way for winter merchandise. Stored properly, (in cool dry places) seed can easily last for months, particularly seed mixes and sunflower seeds.