Tips For Attracting & Feeding Wild Birds
Placing Your Feeders: Be sure to use sturdy, well-built feeders and hang them with sturdy wire from a pole or tree limb; or mount them on sturdy poles. Place your feeders near
some shrubbery to make the birds visiting feel safe. You can put your feeders near windows or an area you frequent to enjoy them even more.
Keeping A Clean House: Keep feeders clean to reduce the spreading of diseases among the birds. Wash feeders regularly with soap and warm water. Clean any seed that sticks to the
bottom or corners of feeders. Change out any seed that may be too old or that begins to mold. Change hummingbird nectar weekly in cooler weather and twice a week in warm weather. Also
clean suet feeders often with soap and hot water.
Attracting A Wide Variety: Different species of birds require different types of feed. To attract the widest variety of birds to your back yard during the year, set up several
types of feeders with different types of feeds. Fill a hanging feeder with sunflower seed, set up a tray feeder with mixed seeds and cracked corn, put out a suet feeder, and hang a
hummingbird feeder. Don't forget the water. All birds need water to drink and to bathe. Keep it filled daily with fresh water, and keep it clean. Cleanliness discourages mosquito larvae
from developing and hatching and keeps the birds healthier.
Types of Feeders: A hanging feeder with sunflower seed attracts chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, American goldfinches, purple and house finches, pine siskins,
grosbeaks, sparrows, and many others. A tray feeder filled with mixed seeds and cracked corn attracts cardinals, juncos, sparrows, mourning doves, pigeons, jays, crows, blackbirds,
bobwhites and others. Keeping a tray feeder away from the hanging feeder will keep conflicts between aggressive birds and the more timid birds at a minimum. A suet feeder attracts
woodpeckers, chickadees, titmouse, nuthatches, mockingbirds, and more.
Squirrels: Discourage squirrels from raiding your feeders by
placing them at least five feet high and eight feet away from any potential springboards such as tree trunks and limbs. You can use squirrel baffles on your poles or wires to discourage
them as well. Squirrels can also be distracted by cracked corn put out away from your feeders, or you may wish to put up a squirrel feeder in a distant location from the feeders
Water: Birds need plenty of fresh, clean water for drinking and bathing. If you keep a good supply of water, you may attract birds that don't normally come to the feeders. Be
sure you set up your bird bath to be shallow enough for the smaller birds, yet deep enough for the larger birds. Set it up close to a place to perch as wet birds do not fly well and need a
place of refuge from predators. Water should be changed frequently. In winter, use a heated bird bath or add warm water daily. Do not use glycerin as it causes the birds' feathers to mat.