Favorite Search of the Week

Matthew 8:
25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
How can you stabilize bird feeders so they don’t blow in the wind?

This is a very good question and one we’ve been dealing with since we started using feeders. We are out in the open, so the winds blow the feeders quite thoroughly.  We’ve had plenty of seed blow out, but do not count it as loss because most of our birds eat from the ground.

From our experience, platforms and hoppers on sturdy poles are the best to withstand wind. We have a woodpecker feeder flush against a tree trunk that doesn’t blow around too much.  Here is something one of the children made and it’s wind-proof.  We’ve not seen any seed blow out of this.  But to be cleaned, the front bar needs to be removed.  See the little House Finch?


There are heavier hanging feeders that won’t blow around quite as much, but I am not aware of any way to keep them totally stable and the seed still blows out.  Shorter hooks or wire will blow around less than long ones.  Also, avoid glass and cheap plastic.  The winds have blown these down which caused them to break.

We’ve just had to adapt for the hanging feeders.   We take down some feeders until the winds have passed or move them around to keep some sheltered from the winds.   Some birds will continue to feed even while the wind is blowing.  Those same birds will eat seeds or drink nectar from blowing plants and flowers.

I wish I could give better answers, but for a market that has created squirrel-proof feeders, they have not done too much about the wind.   :)   Any way, I appreciate the reminder that God is in control. Though some of His wind is used for energy, man has not come up with a way to stop or diminish its power.

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7 thoughts on “Favorite Search of the Week

  1. The wind here in the high desert is a problem, too.

  2. You have a very informative site here as I clicked around. I did not see an about page to find out more about you though. I see you carry the Eye in the Sky Award on your sidebar. I was contacted by Perky-Pet too, but I do not add commercial badges on my sidebar. They do have nice product on their website. I also like the spiritual nature of your blog. I find that it goes so hand in hand being a nature lover myself. Photos is my thing, but I have been getting more and more involved with the experienced birdwatchers. So much to learn.

    • Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. The closest I have to an about page is “Why This Site?”. I do not talk a lot about myself here. :) I was under the impression that I would receive more visitors and that there’d be a site with links to other Eye in the Sky people. But that never happened. I’ve been thinking of taking it off, but haven’t got it done yet. I think at least one feeder we’ve bought is from them and it’s one of my favorites. It has the things I want in a hummingbird feeder- easy clean and has perches. We discovered if a feeder has perches, the hummies prefer that over the others. They like to rest when they can. I’ve been tempted to buy a thing or two from their site, but I really do not need any more feeders.

      We go on the once a month field trips with experienced birders and have learned a lot from that. It is so neat going out now and being able to name a bunch of birds without a second guess. Well, many… those Scaup are something else. And gulls. I am a sparrow person because we have so many different species come to our yard, but those gulls all look the same to me.

      • If you have looked at my site, you will know I am the same on gulls. I try to tell them apart like the birders, but as of yet no luck. I like the Sparrows too and have been getting more and more native ones lately. I just got a feeder with perches for the hummers this year, so I hope they like it more. It was more to prevent the ants from getting in though. As for getting visitors, my site gets many and one way that has helped me was responding to comments, then visiting those sites. I found many that visit GWGT are also ones I enjoy myself. That is how I found you. Once a visitor frequents, I end up following them as they follow me. This increases like readership when others comment on each of our sites. Good luck, you have a very nice blog.

        • We’ve used ant moats for almost as long as we’ve had the feeders. They do a great job keeping them out as long as water is in it. Some feeders do not come with ant moats, so we just bought the ones that come separately.

          Today, we got our first of the year Swamp Sparrow. That was my “spark bird”. We had started IDing things in the yard some years ago, but it was more of my children’s hobby. That Swamp Sparrow got me thinking, if that can come here, what is out there? I was just amazed something far from a swamp could come here.

          I used to leave more comments than I do now. I got a little stressed trying to keep up with the social aspects of blogging. I get a good amount of people from search engines, especially those looking for info on bird mites. I had no idea that’d be so popular. We had bird mites in my bedroom when Barn Swallows nested on the porch. It was a great experience seeing the birds up close, but had no idea that would happen. And if we were suffering, I can imagine how bad it was for the poor nestlings. One of the young kept hopping out of the nest trying to get away from the bites. It eventually died. :(

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