Intro to squirrel proof bird feeders

Hey there, bird lover! Did you spot any of your favorite feathered creatures today? We know how hard and unpredictable bird watching can be. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area that is home to different bird species, installing a feeder will surely bring more of them to your yard and keep them well fed even in cold winter months. What if you’re still not sure what kind of bird feeder to get and where to place it? We’ll help you with information on the types of bird feeders available, as well as how to make sure they are the only ones with access to the food.

In case you didn’t know this, different bird species actually prefer sourcing their food (in this case seeds) from different levels – either on or at various heights above the ground.

Bird feeder types

There are several types of bird feeders designs available. Generally speaking, a bird feeder must:

  • attract different species of birds
  • protect bird food against the elements
  • be easy to clean and assemble

Here are the different types:

  • hopper feeders: protects seed left for birds, but also attracts squirrels who can easily access bird food if there’s no added precaution to keep them out of the feeder
  • tray/platform feeders: attracts the largest variety of birds, but with minimal protection. Be sure to clean out the feeder regularly to prevent unsanitary conditions
  • window feeders: attached to glass windows using a suction cup, this type of feeder is easy to remove and clean
  • tube feeders: there are different designs available for this type of feeder with perches above or below feeding ports (to attract birds who feed regularly or upside down). As with all feeders, there’s also a considerable risk of soiling some of the seed

Bird-friendly and squirrel-free feeder

Fortunately for you, you’re not the only one trying to keep squirrels away from their bird feeder. Models that are specifically designed to keep squirrels out usually do so by employing a system designed to measure their weight. Because squirrels are heavier than backyard birds, the systems are built in a way they allow free access to the food for birds and make it impossible for squirrels to freeload.

A bird feeder will attract birds to your backyard for sure. A squirrel proof one will keep them there, making birdwatching exciting for you and feeding a treasured time for …

Doisneau, Robert

Robert Doisneau was born in Gentilly in the Val-de-Marne, France. He studied engraving at the Ecole Estienne in Chantilly, but found his training antiquated and useless upon graduation. He learned photography in the advertising department of a pharmaceutical firm. He began photographing details of objects in 1930. He sold his first photo-story to the Excelsior newspaper in 1932. He was a camera assistant to the sculptor Andrei Vigneaux and did military service prior to taking a job as an industrial and advertising photographer for the Renault auto factory at Billancourt in 1934. Fired in 1939, he took up freelance advertising and postcard photography to earn his living.

Robert Doisneau worked for the Rapho photo agency for several months until he was drafted in 1939. He was a member of the Resistance both as a soldier and as a photographer, using his engraving skills to forge passports and identification papers. He photographed the Occupation and Liberation of Paris.

Immediately after the war he returned to freelance work for Life and other leading international magazines. He joined the Alliance photo agency for a short time and has worked for Rapho since 1946. Against his inclinations, Doisneau did high-society and fashion photography for Paris Vogue from 1948 to 1951. In addition to his reportage, he has photographed many French artists including Giacometti, Cocteau, Leger, Braque, and Picasso.

Robert Doisneau won the Prix Kodak in 1947. He was awarded the Prix Niepce in 1956 and acted as a consultant to Expo ’67, Canada. A short film, Le Paris de Robert Doisneau, was made in 1973.

Doisneau has been the subject of major retrospectives at the Bibliotecque Nationale in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and the Witkin Gallery in New York City. A shy and unassuming man, Doisneau lives in the Paris suburb of Montrouge [article written in 1984, before Doisneau’s death].

Text from ‘The Encyclopedia of Photography’ (1984)

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Le Baiser de l’Opera
Robert Doisneau, 1950

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