When the Corona virus closed down my favorite birding spot, I decided to pick things up a notch in our backyard. I had always fed birds there, but it was tough to keep the squirrels out of the feeders and they liked to eat me out of house and home. I decided to take another look and see what I could do.
Recommendations for bird feeder location is 10 feet from the nearest surface that a squirrel could climb, and 4-5 feet above the ground. My backyard is fairly small, but has 12 mature trees in it. I did some measuring and found that there was one spot where I could be 10 feet from anything: Right where our firepit was located. So, I moved the fire pit and took some new found Corona virus cash to Wild Birds Unlimited. This is my current setup, ever evolving.
Some of the birds we have coming on a regular basis: