Different Feeders for Different Species
If you want to make your yard into a bird sanctuary, or would just like a few aviary visitors to watch from your window, one of the best things you can do is place a feeder in your yard.
But which kind do you want to get? Well, that depends on which types of birds you want to attract. Here is a list of birds and the feeders they're most likely to flock to:
Blue Jays - They prefer feeders on raised poles. Metal poles will help keep squirrels and other unwanted visitors out of the food, as opposed to wooden ones or feeders in trees.
Chickadees - These birds prefer seeds to suet, and they will eat from ground feeders, raised feeders, and hanging feeders.
Cardinals - These bright beauties prefer seed from hanging or raised feeders. They will eat suet from hanging feeders if seed is mixed in.
Doves - Only eat from ground feeders.
Finches - They prefer seeds from raised or hanging feeders.
Grackles - These will eat from ground or raised feeders.
Hummingbirds - These are attracted to bright red, hanging feeders filled with nectar. If you get a hummingbird feeder, look at our hummingbird food section for a nectar recipes and tips. It's important to care for your feeder as well as to add only pure nectar to it. Additives like honey can ferment and kill the birds and coloring may make them sick.
Juncos - These will eat from ground or raised feeders.
Mockingbirds - Only eat from raised feeders.
Sparrows - These will eat from ground or raised feeders.
Woodpeckers - These will eat from ground feeders, raised ones, and suet from hanging ones.
Wrens - Only eat from raised feeders.
Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers - These will eat from raised ones and will eat suet from hanging ones.
For more information about bird feeders or related products, choose from one of the following links:
Bird Feeders | Hummingbird Feeders