The birds just might let you know. They come to depend on a steady supply of seed and may fly up to the window to let you know when times are lean. I have two damaged feeders which don’t hold the seed very well any longer, so I thought the birds needed a new “restaurant.”
When a new restaurant opens, it advertises to get customers, but how do you promote a new bird feeder to the garden clientele?
You might think when the snow falls and everything is covered under a white blanket, the birds might try a new restaurant.
But that is not always the case. They like things as they have always been. Since the squirrels damaged my other feeders after six years of use, I decided to get one they can’t destroy. But the birds want nothing to do with it.
I tried sprinkling seed on the ground to make the feeder look like it was being used. I tied a red ribbon to the perch to make it look like a bird might be visiting.
I moved the new feeder to an established and preferred feeding spot. The birds just congregate by the empty feeder but just don’t come to the new feeder.
I have heard that it sometimes takes a long while for birds to accept a new feeder, but never once before has this happened with any feeder I had here previously.
EVER! I get many of the same birds year after year also, the little leucistic Sparrow, one of now four that returns to raise a family and stay through winter. I like to keep the regular birds coming back.
I will have a post on the leucistic family sometime this winter.
I called Wild Birds Unlimited twice about this and they said just wait. Honestly, I am getting tired of waiting with hungry birds to feed. Even the squirrels are not interested in the new feeder. But they all like the seed from Wild Birds Unlimited!
I just can’t get them to use The Eliminator.
I have read online others having the same problem with tube feeders purchased from Wild Birds Unlimited. Other folks love them. It is still too early for my review because not getting birds to use it, I have little I can say.
I almost wish the squirrels would give it a try. I am not getting as much backyard entertainment… but the bird bath is active at least.