Crazy weather! That’s what we have in Georgia, it messes up the natural cycle. It creates havoc on the landscape, causes the horses to colic, and makes bird food go moldy fast… and there’s just a few consequences!
Last winter was one of the wettest, nastiest seasons we’ve seen in a while. A tad bit drier this season, though it’s been unseasonably warm on many days. Because of the few frosty nights, it’s already caused some bulbs to force, which will subsequently die with the next frost 🙁
A few rainy days in a row coupled with one or two torrential downpours has turned some natural areas of the yard into a muddy mess, which in turn affects the bird feeder poles. They start to lean, like the Tower of Pisa! Enter the the auger with three arms. It’s about the only pole that’s still standing straight. The sturdy design allows for a more secure and permanent installation.
The three arms are attached to the auger, which is manually “drilled down” to ground level. The arms then act as a stabilizer to keep the bird feeder pole straight. And that it does! This innovative design does not actually include the bird feeder pole itself, it’s merely the base. But any standard one-inch O.D. (outside diameter) garden pole may be inserted into the base. I always wondered what that O.D. meant 🙂
Manufactured by Droll Yankees in powder coat metal, you can be assured it’s quality stuff to last a lifetime. A fantastic investment if you’re looking for a sturdy garden pole that will really stay straight!
First and foremost, any yard accessory should look good and be somewhat pleasing to the eye…. for you and feathered friends alike! Black or hunter green metal is pretty much a standard when it comes to a bird feeder pole as these colors go well in the landscape. Powder coating is a beneficial feature on better poles as they’ll have a longer life.
They say variety is the spice of life, so a bird feeder pole kit like this one could really be where it’s at for birds. Why? A tray for water, a tray for suet, and three substantial hangers are enough to offer many species a veritable smorgasbord! The suet tray could also accommodate a variety of tasty tidbits, including fruit, shelled peanuts, crumbles, or even a mealworm dish.
With the big fall migration in gear, there’s a good chance you’ll catch some new and interesting migratory visitors at a bird feeder pole setup like this. Taller poles are easier to spot and help to keep birds safe from ground predators. Should squirrels be a problem, a simple wrap-around pole baffle will put an end to their shenanigans for good.
Set out the red carpet for fall migratory birds by providing a water source and high energy foods like suet, sunflower hearts, peanuts and fruit. The extra energy these calories provide will certainly help migratory birds on their lengthy journey to winter breeding grounds. Place a new bird feeder pole in your landscape and see it come alive with the song and color of wild birds!
Because I lack any really decent photography equipment, the image isn’t so great, in fact I was pretending to digiscope with a pair of cheap binoculars. But that’s not the point of this blog. The bird feeder pole where this cardinal is perched sees a whole lot of activity in our back yard. From bluebirds and chickadees to titmice and woodpeckers, the four-arm bird feeder pole offers the perfect perching spot to rest and hunt.
Recently we had a semi-successful brood of bluebirds. Five babies made it out into the world, but the task of raising all five alone must have been too much for mom. Three days before these babies fledged, dad went missing. Perhaps the red-tailed hawk who hangs around, or my neighbor’s pain in the $#@ cats had gotten to him? Although I’ll never know his fate, he did leave his legacy in the three thriving juveniles. They like landing on this bird feeder pole because the mealworm dish is attached to it. They have options where to land and perch, and because the pole’s arms are at two levels, the babies can ease their way down to the dish. New males are in the area, but they’re not so kind to the babies, Mother Nature sure can be brutal at times 🙁
So here’s another pretty bad photo of dad bluebird before he disappeared, perched on the same bird feeder pole. It’s really stinks not having a decent camera because the birds in our yard are many and varied. There’s an Eastern Phoebe feeding two babies, three kinds of woodpeckers, all the usual suspects, and a thrasher who hangs around. Now, if the darn starlings would just hit the road… all would be well.