When deciding where to place your feeders, remember that birds need protection from wind and predators, as well as perches to use while waiting to use the feeder. Thus, a feeder placed in the middle of an open yard may attract few birds. Try to put your feeders near shrubs and trees. However, thick vegetation around a feeder may provide ambush cover for cats. Keep free_roaming cats out of your yard, if possible. Put your feeders where they can be easily observed from a window to get the most enjoyment from them.
Unwanted Tenants. Don't let your birdhouses become homes for Starlings or House Sparrows! These birds were introduced into the contiguous United States from Europe during the mids and early 1900s. Both species spread throughout North America and have become serious agricultural and urban pests. In addition, both species compete with native North American birds for cavity_nest sites and thus may harm native bird populations. For example, nest site competition by Starlings and House Sparrows has been blamed, in part, for the population declines of the Eastern Bluebird, a cavity_nesting bird.