I’m constantly amazed at the selection of birds that have been showing up at my wild bird feeders. I have bird feeding station outside my home office window and I love to see who’s visiting and see the new arrivals.
It’s a wonderful way to take a break from my work and be able to observe nature from my window. I’m in a suburban neighborhood and you will find so quite a few diverse types of birds that show up to feed here.
You do not have to have a place in the country to take pleasure in feeding the birds on you homemade bird feeding station and getting to know the kinds of wild birds that live in your area.
Having A Bird Feeding Station is Great
One of the reasons I get such a selection of wild birds at my bird feeding station is that I have a selection of food and ways for birds to feed. That’s why I call it a bird feeding station. Its not just one wild bird feeder, but various different kinds.
I have them on shepherd’s hooks or bird feeder poles to try and keep them out of reach of the squirrels and give the birds a bit of space between the feeders. I love to see the wild birds perched on the tops of the bird feeder poles, on the clothesline or the lip of the bird bath waiting their turn at the feeder of their choice.
So who eats what?
The most typical kind of feeder is a tube feeder filled with sunflower seeds or mixed seeds. These will attract the most birds; songbirds, cardinals, sparrows, chickadees, juncos, etc on your bird feeding station.
These are a favorite of the finches, particularly goldfinches. You are able to use a tube feeder for these as well, but you want one made for Nyjer seed, it has a quite fine mesh. You’ll be able to also use a stocking type of feeder, essentially a mesh bag.
- Platform or Ground Feeders
Doves, juncos, towee, quail are ground feeders. They eat seed spilled from the hanging feeders off the ground. Since I have cats, I also put a raised platform out for them to feed from far more safely.
Woodpeckers, Flickers and Nuthatches love suet. I only feed suet throughout the colder months as there doesn’t seem to be much of an audience for it in the summer when bugs are plentiful. Suet cakes may be hung in suet feeders or mesh bags.
The birds will need to be able to cling to the feeder, frequently upside down, to eat.
These are just a few of the examples of what you can put in your wild bird feeder to attract a variety of birds to your yard. Once you hang your initial feeder and take pleasure in watching your visitors, you’ll wish to add an additional type to see who else comes to visit.