Invite Your Feathered Friends Over With Backyard Bird Feeders
Hang a bird feeder in your yard and watch the action happen. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself spending many hours watching the amazing life of birds unfold through your window. Take a look at the different types of bird feeders available and choose the best bird feeder for you based on your location and the type of birds you would like to attract.
Platform Bird Feeders
These feeders feature a wide tray to hold seed and give birds a place to land. They are very easy to clean but don’t allow any protection from the elements or other critters. Platform feeders attract a variety of birds including pigeons, starlings, house finches, northern cardinals, and sparrows. You’re likely to find yourself watching squirrels and chipmunks as much as you will the birds with this kind of feeder. A platform feeder can look right at home in your yard among your other garden ornaments.
These handy feeders typically hold several pounds of seed and might be your best option when looking for the best squirrel-proof bird feeder. Its enclosure design keeps seed protected from the elements, however, seed can still get wet and spoil which is bad for birds. Be sure to check it every few days. Birds that will appreciate this kind of feeder include cardinals, finches, jays, chickadees and sparrows.
These hanging bird feeders keep seed protected and allow birds to eat the seed through a screen or several ports. Some models empty directly into a dish, and others with perches will be of particular interest to those birds that can hang upside down with ease, such as goldfinches and chickadees.
When you want to see the birds as up close as possible, try this style of bird feeder. Typically, these small feeders use suction cups to attach to a window and offer a front row seat to bird watchers. Clean out feeders daily and make sure seed is fresh. Look for finches, chickadees and some sparrows to visit window feeders often.
Nyjer seed, also known as thistle seed, is a tiny black oilseed that is featured in tube-shaped feeders made especially for small-beaked birds, such as goldfinches. You will still need to keep an eye on the seed and make sure that it doesn’t get wet or spoil. But chances are, you won’t find as many squirrels trying to take this one over from their feathered friends.
These feeders hold suet cakes, which is a type of fat mixed with protein feed, grains, and seeds and shaped into the shape of a cake. Hang one of these feeders, fill it with suet cakes and you’ll attract the attention of woodpeckers, bluebirds, nuthatches, cardinals and starlings.
This feeder doesn’t hold seed at all. Instead, fill it with nectar substitute, which can be bought at your local garden store, or look for simple homemade recipes. Watch the show that only hummingbirds can put on with their lighting quick flight. Here are a few more tips on how to attract and feed hummingbirds.
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