Feeding the birds can be as simple as placing a feeder full of seed in your yard and waiting for them to find it.
Feeders come in a wide variety of materials and styles. There are hopper feeders, platform feeders, suet feeders, tube feeders and specialty feeders designed to supply bird food to birds.
There are several ways in which birds feed. The three basic niches for feeding preferences of birds covers the variety of birds that backyard birdfeeders will attract across North America.
Birds Feeding on the Ground
If you are interested in feeding birds on the ground level should use a seed blend high in millet, which is designed to attract ground-feeding birds such as doves, sparrows and juncos.
Birds Feeding at the Feeder
If you are interested in feeding birds at elevated levels, use a blend that contains little or no millet, and contain seeds such as oil sunflower, striped sunflower, and safflower and is designed to attract birds such as chickadees, nuthatches and titmice that feed at high levels.
Birds Feeding at the Feeder and on the Ground
If you are interested in feeding birds at both ground and elevated levels, use a blend designed to attract a variety of birds that feed at both levels and contains a moderate amount of millet and other seeds attractive to birds. This blend should attract the greatest variety of birds to any one feeding station including cardinals, chickadees, finches and juncos.
If you have not yet been feeding birds in your backyard, it may take from one day to several months before the birds in your area discover your new feeder. Be patient and consider the following:• It is important that you use a seed type or seed blend based on the birds in your area.
It is good to understand what kind of backyard habitat you have and what birds you might attract depending on the season. There are also situations that exist (squirrels, starlings, sparrows, pigeons etc.) that may increase or decrease the enjoyment you receive from bird watching. Birds may be challenged by problems (house cats and birds of prey) while trying to feed at feeders.
Call or stop by your local Wild Birds Unlimited store to get answers to these and other issues from our Certified Bird Feeding Specialists. Good luck and enjoy your birds!