I am often asked “How do We layout my outdoor bird feeders to attract the greatest variety of bird species to my garden?” To respond to this question a person should keep in mind that there are three different kinds of birds in terms of the food items they eat. These comprise of the birds who eat seeds, insect eaters and fruit and nectar eaters. Within these groups there is a lot of overlap. As an example, Chipping Sparrows come to seed bird feeders in the wintertime but consume insects all summer. Meadowlarks eat bugs all summer and then consume seeds in the wintertime. Cedar Waxwings are primarily fresh fruit eaters but feed their young insects and berries. You have to provide food for all three groups to obtain the most species possible to your feeders and yard.
Many individuals who are new to birding begin with trying to attract the seed eaters. This can be done with a number of commercially available wild bird seed mixes plus some specialty seeds. Among the birds who eat seeds you will find three basic feeding styles. They are the clingers, the perchers along with the scratching birds. No one kind of wild bird feeder is designed to accommodate the 3 types.
The clingers can consist of probably the most desired backyard birds in the united states. They include the Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, Redpolls, Purple Finches, and Cassin’s Finches, and House Finches, and woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatchs.
In the wild these birds will cling on the top of the flower or grass head and glean the seeds from a seed head. These birds would be best accommodated with special bird feeders such as thistle bird feeders that permit the birds to cling directly to the side of a feeder in place of utilizing a perch. These special bird feeders are available for dispensing thistle or Nyjer seed for your finches and black oil sunflower or peanuts for one’s other small clingers.
The perchers include species such as the cardinals, buntings, many native sparrows, English Sparrows, jays, grosbeaks and most blackbirds. These birds will be able to perch at hopper bird feeders or tube feeders with perches. In nature these birds feed up off the ground, but perch in an upright manner while they feed.
The scratchers are birds like the quail, doves, towhees, juncos, White-crowned Sparrows, thrashers as well as others who normally feed by scratching in your leaves or on a lawn for the seeds they eat. Platform type wild bird bird feeders are the most useful for these birds simply because they accommodate their scratching instinct and present a lot more comfortable feeding environment for them.
Insect eating birds seem to have been slightly trickier to attract in the past. However, modern innovations are making it possible to draw them to your yard utilizing artificial food sources. Several of these birds enjoy suet including the nuthatches, chickadees, woodpeckers, wrens and others. Several commercial companies even develop a suet cake with dehydrated or freeze dried insects embedded into the suet to draw in insect eating birds. Specialized wild bird feeders such as a bluebird bird feeders enables you to attract insect eaters by feeding live mealworms or other live insects. Peanut butter will also attract various insectivorous birds including wrens, thrashers, chickadees, woodpeckers, titmice, warblers, bluebirds, towhees, White-crowned Sparrows and juncos.
The fruit eaters, just like the insect eaters are trickier to draw. They like berries, orange halves along with other fruits. However, we have found several approaches to cater to these birds. We provide orange halves located on the pegs of our recycled oriole bird feeders. This attracts orioles, catbirds, mockingbirds and thrashers. We have also used melon fruit and place it on pegs like the oranges or perhaps in suet baskets. This attracts similar birds as oranges and in many cases tanagers. Jays also certainly appreciate the melon fruit. Raisins have been known to attract robins, thrashers, waxwings, catbirds and various other species. The suet companies have even produced a suet cake with berries and fruit added to attract the fruit eaters. All these work to varying degrees, but the real bird magnet for fruit eaters is grape jelly! We provide this delicacy in your recycled oriole feeder and there is a steady line of birds to this particular food. Nectar eaters are the hummingbirds, orioles plus some woodpeckers. a very simple mix of one part white sugar to four parts water using a good hummingbird bird feeders will satisfy these birds.
With this information at hand I would recommend these particular feeders to obtain the objective of the attracting the most birds species possible:
- A nectar bird feeders. Be sure it is not hard to completely clean and easy to fill and it is wind resistant. Many ornamental hummingbird feeders are nice to view but do not meet these requirements.
- A Starling resistant suet bird feeders. Upside down suet bird feeders are fantastic for this. If Starlings are not a problem in your area an upright suet feeder will accomplish the same goal. A tail prop suet feeder will certainly make the woodpeckers feel at home and also all the other suet lovers shouldn’t mind it.
- A tube bird feeders for thistle (Nyjer) seed if at all possible without perches. screen mesh or stainless steel are the best and easiest to wash.
- A tube feeder for black oil sunflower seed and/or peanuts without perches. Again stainless steel is not hard to clean.
- A platform type feeder to suit the scratchers.
- A hopper type bird feeders filled with a extremely good mixed wild bird seed to accommodate the perching birds.
- A recycled oriole feeder having two pegs for fruits and two bowls, one for grape jelly and one for peanut butter. A second feeder of this type could coul be utilized present melon fruit on the pegs and mealworms and raisins in the cups.
These bird feeders provided with water along with a little shelter for your birds should appeal to about any bird which passes by. Remember the 3 essential elements of offering food for birds and wildlife – comfort, cleanliness and consistency. Supply the birds using their food of preferance in a feeder that will permit them to make use of their natural instincts to obtain it. Keep the bird feeders thoroughly clean and always be certain there is food in them. While wild birds are certainly not depending on us for food, it is much more satisfying for you if birds are actually coming in to the feeders. An empty bird feeder attracts no birds. Applying these advise should further increase the amount of birds within your yard.