Pole Feeder Station Puts More In One Place
Luckily, when I started out I did’t just drive to my local Walmart, buy any platform feeder with any flimsy pole and stick it up in my yard with any old crap bird seed mix. What I did was go to Wild Birds Unlimited and spoke with one of their people. They recommended the pole feeder station system I now have. It’s been in the ground since I started birding over 17 years ago. No, it wasn’t cheap and I’m sure that figured into the suggestion. However, as the years have gone by, I see why that was such a great suggestion.
Let me explain.
Feeder Station With Options
The pole feeder station system I still have in place is one that comes in removable sections so you can get the right height for your situation. It’s got arms that attach by sliding them over and thumb screwing them in place wherever you need them. I love this setup because it gives me so much flexibility to put up and take down feeders as I need to. Being able to make changes on the fly keeps your bird feeding offering fresh and interesting to the birds. Yes, they DO like it when things stay the same. Sometimes, “the same” is not attracting what you want. I make changes all the time and have gotten very good at predicting what will work and what won’t. This has been a huge factor in my success at backyard birding.
For instance, recently I’ve had a house finch eye disease episode. At the same time, a neighbor apparently called in all the starlings in the area with a crap seed mix. Being able to take everything down for cleaning is essential. Especially when disease is involved. The experimentation mindset fostered by my feeder station allowed me to try dried mealworms.
Guess how that turned out? The dried mealworms appealed to every bird except the pesky starlings and sickly house finches. Bingo! Having a station you can see it all in one place helps come up with these plans.
It doesn’t have to come from WBU. They’re just the only ones I know that make this solid a feeder pole complete with an auger pole and stabilizers for the base and all the solid steel hardware to go with it. The more feeders you can put up in one place the easier it is to clean up and the more birds you’ll get.
Don’t Have a Wild Birds Unlimited Near?
I do not own these feeder station accessories. They both have decent reviews and ratings. Not everybody has access to a Wild Birds Unlimited and I wanted to give you an option to at least get started with.
Keep in mind the feeder pole system I use cost well over TWICE what this system does and didn’t even come with any feeders.
I hope this article has been helpful for you to select a pole feeder system. Leave me a comment below if you have any comments or questions. I’m ALWAYS learning.