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Wild Bird Feeders: Types
Attracting songbirds to your garden or backyard habitat is as easy as setting up wild bird feeding stations and providing them with the foods they prefer in a manner that suits their style of eating. You may want only one main feeding station in your habitat, or you may want to include secondary feeding areas. Each section offers information on different types and styles of wild bird feeders to help you choose what bird feeding stations will be right for you.
Bird Feeder Placement
Finding the correct location to place your bird feeders can be a science but once you have established a good area for the birds, you will be able to enjoy your bird feeder antics for years. If a location does not seem to be working donít hesitate to move a bird feeder and try out a different spot! For new feeding stations be patient and give it a few weeks. Birds are naturally shy creatures and it can take them some time to adapt to a new feeding pattern. First the chickadees and titmice will show, usually followed by doves and nuthatches, next thing you know your feeder is a busy stop off spot for our avian friends.
Place a Feeder Where You Have a Good View
The first thing to consider with bird feeder placement is to pick a location where there is a good view for you. Where do you spend the most time in your house? Feeding stations are there after all for our own pleasure, so make certain that you have a good view and the opportunity to observe your visitors throughout the day. When placing a feeder in front of a window, take care to be aware of the fact that while it needs to be where you can view it, you must take into consideration how the birds see it. Birds can become confused by the reflections of sky or tress in a window and think that they are flying into open space, but instead hit a hard window, causing injury or death to the bird. One bird strike against a window is too many! If a collision problem occurs, try moving the feeder some and hopefully this will help them to see less reflection in the glass. anti window strike decals are also available to help avoid this problem.
Choose a Sunny, Calm Location
Birds like sunny spots in the yard and the east or south side of your house will likely provide the most protection from cold, northerly winds. Brighter areas also make it easier for you to view your guests! Placement in a quiet area is preferred since birds will fly off when an area is busy or high traffic. Try not to place too close to bird baths or houses. There should be nearby natural cover for birds to fly off quickly to and hide, along with the fact that they like to have perching areas to sit on while they wait their turn at the feeding station. This can be trees or shrubs with evergreens being an ideal choice. Evergreens usually provide thick foliage cover which hides birds from predators and buffers them from winter winds. Having a hiding spot from a suddenly appearing hawk or cat is very important!
If you find seeds blown out of your feeding stations, the location probably needs a bit more shelter from the winds. Try moving the feeder to a calmer, more sheltered spot. If your feeders have fewer visitors during the winter months, this may be because the location is too exposed for them to be comfortable from both winds and predators.
Provide Perches and Cover Against Squirrels and Cats
When placing a feeder, keep in mind that a squirrels can jump as far as 11 feet from the nearest leaping off point. If domestic cats wander your area, place feeders several feet away from any potential feline hiding spots. Do not place feeding stations next to shrubbery that has ground level branches or low growing, bushy garden plants. At the same time, a nearby tree will provide a squirrel with a good launching pad to jump onto your feeder. Cats can potentially climb trees and use them to launch themselves at feeding birds.Eleven feet away from cover is a good starting point in feeder placement but you will need to experiment with specific distances suitable for your yard. Again, dense evergreen shrubs nearby will make the birds happiest and allow them both cover from hawks, cats and predators along with giving them spots to perch safely for a rest or to wait until they have a chance to eat. Just keep the lower branches trimmed from the ground so a cat can bee seen hiding under it.
Convenience is Important
Do not forget that you will need easy access to feeders so that they may be re-filled and cleaned! Make the location convenient to yourself with year round easy access. In the colder winter months it can be harder to be motivated to go outside and re-fill seeds or suet, and this time of year is when the birds need the food the most. Do not place feeders too high up, making it difficult for you to reach.
Clean Your Feeders
A good, thorough feeder scrubbing is needed at least once per season. Seed can become moldy and spoil, and diseases such as salmonella can grow in moldy, wet seed. Take feeders down, dump out any remaining seed or food. Scrub them thoroughly with with a cleaning solutuion and hot water, rinsing the daylights out of them afterwards. Feeders with non metal parts can be dipped in a mild bleach solution. Rinse the feeder well and let it dry thoroughly dry before refilling. Also, if needed, rake up seed hulls from your yard as decomposing hulls can kill your grass and spread disease to feeder birds. When selecting a place to have bird feeders, consider the mess factor of dropped seed hulls, droppings and feathers.
If you have a hummingbird feeder, be sure to clean it at least once per week. Open platform feeders will also need to be cleaned more often, but usually these are easily srubbed out with a good, stiff brush and hot soapy water. Platform and ground or table are open to the weather and seed builds up in them quicker.
Bluebird Feeders - Mealworm & Crumble - A collection of specialty feeders designed to offer food to bluebirds. Invite these lovely friends into a habitat by offering mealworms, crumbles or suets they love on a feeder made just for them!
Decorative & Unique Bird Feeders - Whimsical, decorative and unique garden art bird feeders which will add to garden decor and feed wild birds. This beautiful pieces are garden art and the birds will love them!
Oriole & Fruit Bird Feeders - A Fruit Feeder is a way to include specialty treats which appeal to those species who eat primarily fruits and berries. Oriole feeders can supply nectar, jelly and fruit to Orioles, designed in a size that is right for them.
Globe Bird Feeders - We love these little guys! Globe feeders are designed for smaller songbirds and cater to the chickadees, titmice, wrens and other tiny friends. Larger birds can not land on and hog this style feeder.
Ground Tray Table Bird Feeders - Ground or table bird feeders are popular for wild watching stations since all species of birds may land on them, and because many birds prefer to feed directly from ground.
Hopper Bird Feeders - A hopper is a good choice for a main bird feeding station. Hoppers will attract a variety of wild birds and songbirds to abackyard. They are designed to accommodate several species.
Hummingbird Feeders - Nectar is an alternative food that you can offer wild birds. Hummingbirds are the primary reason for adding a nectar feeder to ar backyard habitat and they alone are a wonderful addition to your bird world.
Nyjer Thistle Bird Feeders - Nyjer thistle feeders are tube feeders designed with small feeding holes in order to prevent the tiny nyjer seed from falling out, and also to make the seed available only to small beaked species such as goldfinches.
Peanut, Nut, Nuggets & Spreads Feeders - A favorite treat for wild birds. Peanut feeders are often made from wire or metal mesh specifically designed to be filled with peanuts or other nuts. Usually they do not have perches and are designed for clinging birds.
Platform & Fly Thru Bird Feeders - A platform bird feeder will attract the widest variety and greatest number of birds. They are great when trying to attract shy birds to a habitat as the birds are more likely to land on the tray bird feeder at first.
Best Squirrel Proof & Resistant Bird Feeders - While squirrels seem to get through anything, the people who make feeders have had a lot of experience working on squirrel resistant and proof. This selection of bird feeders includes baffles and built in squirrel guards.
Suet & Seed Block Bird Feeders - Suet feeders are small, box like wire cages to hold suet cakes. Wire cages are easy for clinging birds to land on and feed, but other perching birds usually can not. Attracts woodpeckers and nuthatches!
Tube Bird Feeders - Tube bird feeders in decorative, chew proof metal, cage and squirrel proof styles for small songbirds birds like chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers, nuthatches and gold finches.
Window Bird Feeders - Window bird feeders for hummingbirds and songbirds. View wild bird activity up close through window glass!
Replacement Parts, Tubes & Accessories - Seed trays for tube feeders, replacement ports, window suction cups and other replacement or upgrade parts.