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Bring Bird Feeders In At Night!

11-11-15  BLACK BEAR 267For those of you who live in black bear country, it’s advisable, if you have put up your bird feeders as today’s post suggested you might want to do, you had best bring them in at night. The extended warm weather this fall has bears still very active and seeking high-protein food. Thanks to astute reader and nature photographer Erin Donahue for questioning the timing of bird feeder hanging this year!

12 responses

  1. Pat

    Since there’s no snow, I’m just throwing seed on the ground under where the feeders usually are. No need to bring in at night and the chickadees, juncos, etc. don’t go away disappointed.

    November 11, 2015 at 8:26 am

  2. Jill Trudeau Marquard

    Lovely photo, Mary. Thanks.


    November 11, 2015 at 8:30 am

  3. Marilyn

    How high can a bear reach? My feeders are hung from a wire between the eaves of the house and garage; I need a stepladder to fill them.

    November 11, 2015 at 8:33 am

    • If they can climb up the house or garage, no height is too high! Have you seen the video of the bear swinging from the wire strung between two trees? Think buildings would be a bit more challenging to climb, but no guarantees!

      November 11, 2015 at 8:59 am

  4. Look forward to your e-mails — Informative and insightful. Bird feeders looked after. Thank you!

    November 11, 2015 at 8:48 am

  5. Ridie Ghezzi

    Last year the black bears were still raiding my bird feeders in December, perhaps for the same reason. I finally gave up and no longer have feeders out as I can’t predict the bears’ patterns. It makes me really sad as I know the birds need them, and I need the birds!

    November 11, 2015 at 8:52 am

    • I think we need the birds more than vice versa! A much lower percentage of their daily intake comes from feeders than we imagine!

      November 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

      • Ridelphia

        Actually that makes me feel a lot better, thanks!

        November 11, 2015 at 9:05 am

  6. This is a big deal, the primary reason for “nuisance” bear conflicts is any food items left for them to easily smell out and provide dangerous, (especially for them) attraction!

    November 11, 2015 at 8:57 am

  7. Carol Coddington

    oh yes !!!! the bear returned after the visit in October…..and has been back several times to check out the empty bird feeder on the pole.

    November 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

  8. Pat Haley

    Great photo! THNX!

    November 12, 2015 at 7:00 am

  9. Cordelia Merritt

    Hi Thanx for donation thanx – your posts are well worth every penny. I think better advice might be to wait until Forrest Hammond of Vt Fish and Game advises it’s ok. My bear visit occurred at 1:30 in the afternoon, hardly after dark.

    November 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm

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