Most people who attract backyard birds will encounter a problem with backyard bird predators at one time or another.
Hawks and other birds of prey pose another problem which may be harder to control. Some birds of prey feed primarily on songbirds.
The following results were reported for percentage of songbirds making up the whole diet of these birds of prey:
Placing bird feeders and bird houses in a location that is not visible from above and close to cover for escape will help.
Another answer to this backyard bird predator problem may be to stop using bird houses and more importantly bird feeders for a couple of weeks. By taking your feeders in for a while the hunter may move on to other hunting grounds.
You really have no choice though, with a bird house once a family takes up residence. You may just have to accept the course of nature.
Snakes pose the biggest problem at bird houses. They like to eat eggs and young birds too.
Baffles will provide a solution to this problem by using one that has a surface snakes find hard to navigate which is too smooth and slippery for them to navigate.
Hang your bird houses or feeders in locations where they cannot be easily reached.
Bird feeders pose a special problems where cats and birds of prey are concerned.
Bird Feeders draw birds where they are exposed to aerial attacks by birds of prey. and because the songbirds often toss seed, deliberately or inadvertently from feeders, they are easy to catch by cats as they feed on the fallen seed.
The fallen seed provides food for ground feeding birds, which is good, but it also serves well for felines, drawing wild birds where they are easy prey, which we want to avoid.
Ground feeders themselves which are a favourite style of feeder for attracting many types of birds make it easy for cats.
A wide tray to catch the seed mounted under the feeder will work well if it is high enough that the cats cannot jump to it.
Chicken wire can be used to make a fence around the bird feeding area, high enough that cats cannot jump over.
How high can some house cats jump? 6 feet!
BUT, no matter what steps you take to prevent casualties from backyard bird predators, there is no sure solution. Animals will follow their natural instincts, even the "kitty" living in your home, or next door.
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