|A scrub jay visits every morning to snack on suet. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
When it's raining, I generally throw handfuls of seed on the ground for the birds. I won't put the feeders out in a downpour because I don't want the seed to get wet. Moldy seed is bad for the birds. They generally reject it anyway and you'll end up throwing it out. A plastic dome helps keep the feeder dry in light rain, but it won't help in a severe storm.