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.