Date: 9/12/17 8:23 am From: Terry Valentine <terryval...> Subject: Re: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
Thank you to everyone who replied to my post. I did put two feeders back out around mid-afternoon - the nectar feeder and my tube/seed feeder, the latter of which I simply set out on our covered back porch as it has a catch tray to sit on (although it does normally hang nearby so it would have been easy to find). Neither blew away or was damaged, but feeding the birds may have been a moot point by then as we had only a few hours of daylight left and the main "arm" of wind and rain was passing through. I didn't see any birds come by but we may have had a few nonetheless. We've had a family of goldfinches - the father with 2-3 fledglings still twittering to be fed - come by several times over the past few days, and I was surprised that a clutch had been hatched this late in the season. I'm wondering how the fledglings fared.
At least next time (maybe in another week or two from the look of things - ?) I'll have a better idea of what to expect.
Terry Valentine Hoschton
-----Original Message----- From: Georgia Birders Online [mailto:<GABO-L...>] On Behalf Of Terry Valentine Sent: Monday, September 11, 2017 1:39 PM To: <GABO-L...> Subject: [GABO-L] wind speed and bird feeders (Gwinnett County)
In anticipation of the 30-50mph winds forecasted for today, my husband and I (okay mainly my husband) brought in all of the loose articles on our back deck, the patio underneath and the front step. This included all of our bird feeders, as a) We didn't want them getting damaged in the high winds, b) We didn't want them banging against/damaging our house, c) we didn't want them flying loose and damaging our neighbors' property and d) we figured the birds would be hunkering down for the duration anyway.
Well here in north Gwinnett we've presumably reached the peak wind speed of around 30mph for the day, where it will remain for the rest of the afternoon. But I've been seeing not only the larger songbirds (e.g., a Red-bellied woodpecker) appear on our back porch looking for our sunflower and suet feeders, but hummingbirds(!) appear at the bathroom window, looking for the nectar feeder that was hanging there. The hummers were appearing earlier this morning however, before it became extremely windy; but I'm debating whether to put the feeders back out, especially given the birds' prospects of finding food in weather like this.
I couldn't find a rule-of-thumb online about "safe" wind speeds for bird feeders, so what do you other Gabo-ers suggest? Maybe those who live down along the coast (although they've likely evacuated, but they may still be checking emails) have a better sense of how/when to keep feeders out during hurricane season. I suppose the "safe" thing would be to just keep my feeders in for the day, but I feel bad that our "customers" are coming around and aren't finding anything.