Encyclopaedia of Birdcare
Bird TablesRaised platforms, usually mounted on poles or posts or hung from branches or other supports, which provide feeding places for birds out of the reach of predators or competitors which are ground-based. The traditional type is made of wood and has a roof to protect the food from the weather and to deter aerial predators. Plastic versions are now available, and various refinements may be incorporated, such as seed hoppers and peanut feeders. More flexible is the system developed by Droll Yankees Inc., in which seed trays, feeders and even water dishes can be mounted on garden poles, with the addition of scroll hooks allowing extra feeders to be hung. All bird tables must have drainage holes and allow easy cleaning. They should be carefully sited with good all-round visibility, far enough from trees and structures to prevent cats and other predators from jumping on to them.
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