There are several factors to consider after you've decided to feed birds in your backyard.
Where do you want to watch your birds? From a kitchen window ... a
sliding glass door opening onto a deck ... a second-story window?
Pick a location that is easy to get to. When the weather is bad and
birds are most vulnerable, you may be reluctant to fill a feeder that
is not in a convenient spot near a door or an accessible window. Also,
pick a site where discarded seed shells and bird droppings won't be a
Put your feeder where the squirrels can't reach. Squirrels become a
problem when they take over a bird feeder, scaring the birds away and
tossing seed all over. Squirrels have been known to chew right through
plastic and wooden feeders.
If you've seen squirrels in your neighborhood, it is safe to assume
they will visit your feeder. Think long and hard before you hang
anything from a tree limb. Squirrels are incredibly agile, and any
feeder hanging from a tree is likely to become a squirrel feeder.
In the long run, a squirrel-proof feeder or any feeder on a pole with a
baffle is the least aggravating solution. The most effective
squirrel-proof feeder is the pole-mounted metal "house" type.
If you must hang a feeder, select a tube protected with metal mesh.
Most plastic "squirrel-proof " feeders, despite manufacturers' claims,
may eventually succumb to the squirrels. Any wood or plastic feeder can
be effective when mounted on a pole with a plastic or metal baffle, if
the pole is at least 10 feet or more from a tree limb or trunk
(squirrels can jump great distances).