I am not much of a bird watcher myself so I learned that bird feeders should have a screen in them to allow air circulation, keeping seeds from getting wet, which could lead to them sprouting and growing mold. Yuck.
After building this project, I hung it just outside my office window and posted a video on Keek. (If you aren’t on Keek, see what you are missing.) I learned from Rich that it is a good idea to keep the feeder away from the house because seed mixes may contain weeds that will fall out and might sprout where you don’t want them. Plus, birds are messy creatures in general. I shot the video intro this morning after moving the bird feeder to a better spot in case you wonder why it is in a completely different location at the end of the video!