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Attract Birds with the Right Feeders

Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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The Right Feeder

Whether the species of birds you desire are native to your area, or migrating through, you can increase your chances of attracting them for a short or extended stay by providing the right feed, in the right feeder, installed in the right place.

Many homeowners put out a single feeder with a standard seed mix, only to be disappointed with the results. What they do not understand is that various species of birds prefer different foods, feed at different heights, and from different types of feeders. So if you want to cater to the needs of several species, you will likely need two or more feeders, possibly of different designs, mounted at different heights. And by providing a variety of foods, you will significantly increase your chance of attracting many different species of birds.

Here are a few tips to attracting more birds to your feeders:

  • Any time of year is right for setting up and maintaining feeders for local birds, even winter.
  • Having the right feeders and food in place in advance of the arrival of migrating birds.
  • Place feeders close to cover such as a dense bush. Many birds will avoid feeders that don't offer protection in close proximity.
  • Read up on the favorite treats of the birds you desire, and have them on hand.
  • Clean your feeders and the area around them frequently. Spillage on the ground from poorly designed feeders is unattractive, and it can attract rodents. Make sure your seed feeders have effective seed catcher trays and clean up around them as needed.
  • To attract birds to a new feeder, scatter a small amount of seed at the base of the feeder and sprinkle some directly on the feeder.

Here are some feeders that some of the most popular birds prefer:

Mahogany Ground Feeder by Coveside Conservation Products

Attract: Juncos, cardinals, indigo bunting, sparrows, chickadees, finch, mourning doves, brown thrashers, and towhees

We recommend: Mahogany Ground Feeder by Coveside Conservation Products, Green Solutions Platform Feeder with Legs, Compact Ground Feeder Tray Recycled Platform Feeder, Green Solutions Deck Tray Feeder

Mealworm Feeder

Attract: Eastern bluebirds, mountain bluebirds, purple martins, wrens, warblers, and towhees

We recommend: Dome Feeder, Coveside Conservation Bluebird Feeder, Mealworm Feeder, Snacks 'N' Treats™ Feeder with Adjustable Weather Guard, Sky Cafe Bluebird Feeder Bluebird Flower Feeder by Birds Choice

Classic Hanging Feeder

Attract: Chickadees, finches, cardinals, grosbeaks, common red poll, pine siskin, and titmice

We recommend: Grande Squirrelproof Feeder, Classic 12" Hanging Feeder, Triple Tube Feeder, Finch Flocker Tube Feeder, Sedona High Capacity Tube Feeder

Metal House Oriole Feeder

Attract: Orioles, tanagers, gray catbirds, blue jays, robins, and grosbeaks

We recommend: Clementine Oriole Feeder, Recycled Plastic Oriole Feeder, Metal Fruit Feeder, Metal House Oriole Feeder, Ultimate Oriole Feeder, Oriole Flower Feeder

Deluxe Suet Buffet

Attract: Woodpeckers, nuthatches, gray catbirds, blue jays, titmice, chickadees, sapsuckers, flickers, and mockingbirds

We recommend: Traditional basket feeders: Deluxe Suet Buffet, Squirrelproof Double Suet Feeder, Copper Roof Double Suet Feeder, Green Solutions Tail Prop Feeder, Wildlife Sciences Fly-Through Suet Cake Feeder Suet ball & plug feeders: Suet Ball Tube Feeder, Suet Ball Red Roof Feeder,Wildlife Sciences Suet Plug Feeder - Decorative Cedar Post,Cedar Suet Log

Cardinal No/No Feeder

Attract: Cardinals, nuthatches, chickadees, finch, woodpeckers, and pine siskin

We recommend: Cardinal No/No Feeder, 5-Tier No/No Feeder, Green Steel Magnum Sunflower Feeder Giant Combo Feeder, Triple Tube Feeder, Acorn Screen Feeder

1 Qt Nyjer Forever Feeder

Attract: Finches, ,song sparrows, red crossbills, pine siskins, and common redpoll

We recommend: 1 Qt Nyjer Forever Feeder,Sock Finch Feeders, Droll Yankees Finch Flocker Tube Feeder, Green Steel Magnum Thistle Feeder No/No Finch Tube Feeder

Chalet Deluxe Hopper Feeder

Attract: A wide variety of songbirds; shy birds, such as rose-breasted grosbeaks, cardinals, and brown thrashers

We recommend: SureFill No Spill Metal Hopper Feeder, Original Absolute Feeder, Double Decker Recycled Hopper Platform Feeder, Chalet Deluxe Hopper Feeder, Reflective Red Bird's Choice Feeder


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