A platform bird feeder is the easiest to use, most basic type of feeder.
Its design offers a flat surface or tray with low
sides whose floor either has drainage holes or is made from wire or screen
allowing water to escape and keeping the seed that's spread out on the tray dry.
A basic platform feeder, also called tray bird
feeder, is the most non-exclusive design.
Because of the open style, all species of birds and other animals such
as squirrels can easily access the feed.
There are a few adjustments that can be made to a
platform bird feeder to make it a bit more exclusive and those are adjustments
to its size, covering, and placement.
The smaller a tray or platform feeder is, the more
it will invite smaller rather than larger birds. The larger the tray, the more species will
use it, including larger birds.
Likewise, the addition of a roof over the feeder to
keep the seed and feeding birds protected from elements limits its use by some
larger birds because they are uncomfortable or simply unable to navigate access to
the feeding tray.
Placement of a platform bird feeder can be directly
on the ground, elevated on legs, hung, mounted on a pole, or attached to a
window. And where you choose to place
the feeder can limit which birds visit it.
Ground feeding birds will be most comfortable when the tray is at lower
levels while only smaller birds will likely visit trays mounted to windows
because those feeders will be smaller ones.
This wild bird feeder design has pros or cons that
often depend on your personal preferences.
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