Sturgeon River Pottery – Petoskey Michigan

Birding FAQs

These are the most commonly asked questions that our crew gets when it comes to wild birding. Our birding experts have tried to answer a few of them. However, if you don’t find what you’re looking for here, call us at (231) 347-0590 or contact us here!

Q. How do I keep squirrels off of my bird feeders?
A. The easiest way is by using a squirrel baffle (they also make a version for raccoons). Squirrel baffles come in generally two styles (stovepipe or disk) that attach directly to the pole or post you are using. When placed at the right height and distance from surrounding greenery they usually work.

Q. What is the best place to put a bluebird house?
A. The best place to put your bluebird house is generally 4-6 feet off the ground facing East in order to get morning sun. You want the hole facing an opening or meadow.

Q. When should I clean my bird houses & nesting boxes?
A. You’ll want to clean your boxes out at beginning and end of every season or following a brood. If there are young birds, watch closely and you will see when then have left. Clean your box immediately as you may get another nesting. Also cover the house in the off-season to prevent bugs & spiders from taking over.

Q. What is the best kind of bird seed to use?
A. Up North the best seed to use is generally black-oil sunflower seed for the most common birds. Sturgeon River Meadow Mix will give you the greatest variety of birds. And thistle will give you usually only finches. (See our related article on seed for more info.)

Q. How can I identify the different birds that come to my feeder?
A. The easiest way to identify the birds that frequent your feeder is by using a birding book or guide. The right guide will list the birds in your area and will include color pictures and descriptions of the birds food, nesting, and migration patterns.

Q. Where should I place my bat house?
A. You want to put your bat house in a place that would be natural for the bats; such as under the eaves of a roof or high in a tree. (See our related article on bat houses.)

Q. Are bats dangerous?
A. No. Bats are no more dangerous than any other mammal and even less so if you consider that you should not see them at all. If a bat is close to you or stuck some where it is probably sick and best left alone.

Q. Can I make homemade hummingbird nectar?
A. Sure. It’s easy. Mix four (4) parts water to one (1) part sugar. Bring the mix to a boil stirring occasionally and let cool. Do not add food coloring as it can poison the birds. Use what you need and store the rest in the fridge for later use.

Q. How do I keep ants out of my hummingbird feeder?
A. The best way is using an Ant Can’t or ant cup as some people call them. We have them at the store and as long at you keep them full, they almost always work.