Choosing the Right Bird Feeder

Looking to bring more feathered friends to your backyard? Begin by deciding what kinds of birds you'd like to attract, then select a feeder that matches their food preferences.  Attract a variety of birds to your backyard with a collection of bird feeders.  Birds are mostly likely to visit your yard year-round when you provide habitat, food, water and nest boxes.  Use a tube feeder for thistle seed, or a platform or hopper feeder for peanuts and black oil sunflower seed.  Suet, fruits, meal worms, nectar and water will attract an array of birds.

COMMON BIRDS & THEIR FEEDING PREFERENCES:

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Blue Titmouse
Chickadee feeders hung in or near a tree, filled with a Chickadee mix will increase your chances of seeing this bird in your back yard. A Chickadee feeder will allow birds work all the seed holes.

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American Goldfinch
Tube finch feeders filled with nyjer seed or hulled sunflower seeds will attract this bird to your backyard. Finch feeders have small openings to reduce seeds from spilling. Short perches and tiny holes make these tube feeders the choice of finches.

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Baltimore Oriole
You can attract this bird to your backyard by setting out orange halves or grape jelly on a fruit feeder. Fill Oriole feeders with sugar water; a sweet treat for this feathered friend.

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Northern Cardinal
Cardinals are bashful birds. Placing a covered, platform feeder near shrubs or trees, filled with a Cardinal mix with increase your chances of viewing this bird in your backyard.

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Chickadees
Chickadee feeders hung in or near a tree, filled with a Chickadee mix will increase your chances of seeing this bird in your back yard. Suet feeders also draw the Chickadee to backyards.

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Towhee
Filling a platform feeder or tray with Lyric Supreme bird food will appeal to the Towhee. Placing a ground feeder near underbrush, filled with seed and insects, away from any disturbances, will also help your chances of seeing this bird in your backyard.

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House Finch
This bird can easily be attracted to your yard by placing sunflower seeds in a finch feeder. A finch feeder complete with nyjer seed will delight this bird.

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Purple Finch
You can almost guarantee this bird in your backyard by offering black-oil sunflower seeds. Finch feeders filled with Lyric finch mix will call to this bird even on the windiest of days.

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Woodpecker
A woodpecker feeder filled with a woodpecker mix or sunflower seeds will call to this bird. Suet is also a favorite of the Woodpecker.

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White-Breasted Nuthatch
Woodpecker feeders are perfect for the nuthatch. It allows their long bills and tongues to get bits of food. Fill with a woodpecker mix.

TIPS:

  • Remember to keep your feathered friends safe by providing clean feeders away from outdoor cats.
  • All feeders should be at least 3 feet away from windows to reduce window collisions.