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Wild Bird Feeders

For those of us who are fatigued by the demands of urban life, bird watching proves to be a relaxing and enjoyable pastime that directly connects us to nature. However to start a hobby in bird watching one does not need to be a specialist. One simply needs lots of patience, a good pair of binoculars and a proper bird feeder. While you would want your backyard to be filled with the twittering of different species of wild birds, a proper feeder is something that will send out an invitation to birds of different shapes, sizes and colors to gather in your backyard. That is why it is important to set up a proper wild bird feeder in your garden and fill it with the right kinds of birdfeed.

It is important to know about the different types of feeders because they determine which species of birds are likely to come dining in your yard. Perhaps you have a preference for hummingbirds, or you simply love to watch wild woodpeckers at play. Or you may want a mixed crowd of feathered friends enjoying a feast in your garden. For that, you will need different kinds of food stations.

Just as we delight in the sight of an attractively laid out table, birds are also attracted by the right kind of feeder. Many people spend a huge amount of money on expensive birdfeed. But it is equally important to serve them up in the proper manner. Just like humans, whose food preferences vary with communities or cultures, birds also demonstrate preferential behavior in their choice of feeds and the way they gather them.

While many species gather sustenance wherever they can find it, there are many types of birds who like to pick their foods off the ground, while some like to have their meals only on branches. Here we offer a brief guide on the types of feeders that some common species of wild birds would like to have as their food stations.

Flat platform feeders, placed slightly above the ground, are favorites of species like sparrows, jays, pheasants and doves.

Tube feeders in the shape of a cylinder are perfect for chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches, finches and goldfinches. These feeders help the smaller birds avoid competition with larger ones.

There are hopper feeders that are built like bins and can be suspended from wire or mounted on a pole. These feeders attract larger birds like grackles, starlings or jays.

The pinecone-shaped feeders with sticks are ideal for offering orange halves to species like orioles.

Once you have selected the wild bird feeder depending on which kind of birds you want to have in your lawn, you have to place it under cover of a shrubbery. Also clean the feeder once every two weeks. A good bird feeder will be a source of unlimited joy as you watch the birds feasting in your garden every day.

For more on bird feeders or related topics, choose from one of the following:

Bird Feeders | Hummingbird Feeders