Jul 31, 2019 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, August 2019

DIY "Umbrella" for Your Bird Feeders

A Carolina wren visits a backyard feeding station during a shower. Photo by Shutterstock.
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Keep your seeds—and the birds visiting them—dry during showers by installing a rain guard above them. Invert a plastic container, such as a plant saucer or a whipped topping container or lid, and cut a slit in the center. Slide it over the hanger of your nectar or tube feeder. This umbrella might not work so well during rain accompanied by wind, but for showers and downpours, birds might opt to wait it out in the dry shelter of your feeder.



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