One of my favorite activities, like many backyard gardeners, is attracting and feeding birds. Song birds and actually wild birds of all kinds are attracted to bird feeders that are clean, safe and well stocked. I could just watch my favorite birds around my bird feeders for hours.
We have a cardinal family, some woodpeckers, hummingbirds, finches and our familiar mockingbirds, doves, sparrows, grackles and even those pesky starlings. They’re all a pretty rowdy bunch too! They’re so beautiful and entertaining!
If you enjoy attracting backyard birds and you’re fortunate enough to live in an area where there’s a variety of wild birds, having a few well stocked bird feeders around your garden is a convenient way for you to enjoy feeding and watching your feathered friends.
Enjoy having birds fly around your backyard garden making it lively and colorful. Add one or more of these lovely bird feeders for them to keep them happy and coming back for more. I’ve browsed the internet and found the best bird feeders for you to choose from. So take a look today and find the best birdfeeders that are perfect for
Cute Cage Feeders For Small Birds
Small birds get muscled away from bird feeders by larger birds all the time. Doves, pigeons, grackles and even starlings can be aggressive bullies at birdie dinner time. Cage bird feeders sound like an odd name, but they’re designed to keep the larger birds away from the bird feeders for small birds.
Depending on the size of the “cage,” these feeders can frustrate a squirrel or two, the little thieves. And many of the caged bird feeders for small birds you can get are tube style feeders.
Think about what birds to want to attract and which birds you want to keep away when shopping for a caged feeder. The openings can be small enough to keep out all but the smallest birds or large enough to allow some medium size birds too.
Terrific Tube Feeders For Small Birds
Tube feeders offer a little more room at the birdie dinner table, depending how many perches they have. Some tube feeders for small birds have cages around them & some don’t. They’re a good way to have several birds feeding at a time.
Large Capacity Bird Feeders
Large capacity bird feeders help you enjoy feeding those large groups of frequent visiting neighborhood birds like sparrows, cardinals, finches and doves and still have enough food for migrating birds that are just passing through.
Shoreline Large Lighthouse Birdfeeder: Squirrel Proof Hanging Cable included, or Pole Mount (pole sold separately). Extra Large, 8 lb. Seed CapacityMore Birds 105IN, 3.6 lb Seed Capacity, Copper Finish Stokes Select, Metal Hopper Feeder, 4 Feeding Ports
Marvelous Mesh Bird Feeders
Handsome Hopper Feeders For Small Birds
Archway Bird Feeder, Yellow Metal Perches with 2.75 Pounds Seed CapacityStokes Select Metal Hopper Bird Feeder, 4 Feeding Ports, 3.3 lb Bird Seed CapacityAudubon 74240 Chalet Metal Hopper Bird FeederAudubon “Mini” Absolute Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder Model 7458
Tall Tulip Garden Lantern Hopper Bird FeederBirds & Berries Lantern Hopper Bird FeederGilded Chalet Hopper Bird Feeder4 Gallon Recycled Hopper Bird FeederSquirrel-Be-Gone Hopper Bird FeederOctagonal Hopper Bird Feeder
Decorative Bird Feeders
Something to consider when getting a decorative bird feeder is where and how big the perches are. Let’s plan ahead and make it difficult for the larger birds like the doves and grackles to get close enough to gobble up all the bird seed.
I actually like the bird feeders hung from good strong tree branches because it affords the birds a good opportunity to fly up into better camouflage among the leaves and branches.
My dogs keep the squirrels from being too bold about climbing down the bird feeder for a quick snack. If you don’t have canine cuties to help keep the back yard shenanigans at bay, there are baffles you can buy or make that will keep the squirrels out of the feeders.
Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeders
Have lots of feathered buddies visiting your backyard feeders? I get so frustrated when I see the larger more common birds like grackles, starlings, doves and even sparrows clean out my bird feeders lickety split. They don’t leave anything for the shyer song birds! The squirrels come running when I put out sunflower seed. I shoo the squirrels away and the more obnoxious birds away and even stopped feeding any birds for a while. One thing surprised me though.
When I hand water my lawn and flower beds, the grackles and starlings follow me around, snatching up all the creepy crawly bugs they can make off with. The doves and sparrows clean up everything that falls underneath the bird feeders. The squirrels watch forlornly, but still raid the bird feeders when they can sneak onto them.
Tweaking my bird feeding tactics a bit, I now put cracked corn and fruit (apple cores, slightly over ripe apples or peaches, etc.) in the hollows of trees for the squirrels. They don’t bother my bird feeders anymore. I put a few bird baths around the yard for the little guys and the bigger birds to enjoy. And, I got a couple of the squirrel proof bird feeders.
In my experience with my front and back yards, tweaking my efforts with the bird feeders worked. Woodpeckers enjoy the fruit I set in the trees and so do the squirrels. The squirrels don’t bother the bird feeders unless they haven’t found any treats in ‘their’ trees. My dogs don’t let the squirrels mess around with the bird feeders for long anyway! I’m afraid my dogs will knock over any pole bird feeders in my yard, so I don’t use those BUT I know that some folks like them because it’s harder for a squirrel to get to the bird seed.
Or you can do like I did and feed the squirrels on their own feeders. I know lots of people don’t like squirrels, but I think they’re hysterical. I set a bit of food out for them too and it seems to help them be less interested in my bird feeders.
Now all of my back yard buddies are happier and I get to see everyone from my hummingbird pairs and cardinals, along with the occasional shy little finches. The mockingbirds are better behaved now and so are all the grackles, doves and starlings!
Bird Feeders Accessories
Audubon Wrap Around Squirrel Baffle, 18-Inch – BlackSuper Tote, 3-in-1 Bird Seed Storage Container and Tote, 5lb CapacityDeluxe Squirrel-Raccoon Stopper 18″ Wrap Around StopperBird Feeder Tray, Platform Seed Catcher Accessory AttachmentBird Feeding Bath Station, Metal Deck Pole for Bird Feeders12 Inch Rust Resistant Bird Feeder, Plant Hanger. Tree Branch Hook
Stock Up On Wild Bird Seed
It’s much more practical and affordable to buy bird seed in bulk for our large capacity bird feeders. I try to pick up a couple of the Morning Song Year Round wild bird food when I can, as it seems to be pretty popular in my back yard.
Do clean out your bird feeders periodically. I like to spray mine out with a vinegar and water mix then rinse and let them dry out. Keeps any yucky stuff from getting a foothold in here and making my birdies sick.
Decorative Small Bird Feeder Bargains On eBay
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