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Platform Feeders

Platform feeders are the simplest and easiest feeders to use. Simply spread the feed of choice on the feeder and your done.

Platform feeders can be hung, mounted high with a pole, or placed near the ground. Several commercial designs are available. It is easy to make your own.

Some platform feeder designs can be used to feed fruit or other food items, in addition to seed.

platform feeder

This platform feeder uses a wire mesh over the seed to prevent squirrels from making short work of the offered seed.

Platform Feeder with mesh bottom for drainage,

Platform Feeder.  This model uses recycled materials for the sides.
 A wire mesh bottom lets rain water drain out.

What you should know:
 – Platform feeders attract a great variety of species.
 – The open design also makes it easy for flocks of grackles and starlings to consume large amounts of seed in a short time.
 – Some platform feeders can be easily raided by squirrels.

Birding Quick Hits

Purple Martins begin to arrive back in the United States as early as January.  Track the arrival of martin scouts on the Purple Martin Conservation Association web site to track arrival time for your part of New York.   As soon as the scouts start to show up in your state you should open your martin house.