Picking the Right Seed and Feeder
Attracting birds to your backyard can be a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature! Whether you want to see goldfinches, cardinals, or grosbeaks, there are so many varieties of feeders and seeds to bring them around for your enjoyment. The feeder examples I am going to show is only a small, and I mean very small sampling of what is on the market. There are hundreds of different feeders based on size, perch style, design, weight capacity, and so much more. Let’s take a look at a few!
The mesh feeder shown here is very durable and is a favorite of the birds! It’s a great size for your typical songbirds while giving the birds different options to eat. They can cling to the mesh, or they can “dine-in” and have a nice sit-down meal on the perch. Many of the common backyard birds like goldfinches, house finches, cardinals, grosbeaks, sparrows, and even woodpeckers will eat out of a feeder like this!
The tube feeder could really be considered a “Finch Hotel” because goldfinches, house finches, and purple finches love this type of feeder! A feeder like this has different perches where everyone can sit and enjoy their seed. These feeders are important to keep clean because the moisture can become trapped inside, but as long as it is maintained, a tube feeder is a great option for the birds!
The suet log feeder is a woodpecker’s delight! This mimics how a woodpecker would cling in a tree, so downy and red-bellied woodpeckers feel right at home in this feeder. It also makes it a little tougher for Starlings to get too comfortable gobbling down suet. This is a wonderful feeder that I would recommend to anyone!
Like I mentioned, this is only a few varieties of the many feeders that are out there. There are tons of different designs and styles of the ones I showed, along with different feeders like hoppers, sock feeders, and different squirrel and chipmunk-proof feeders.
Let’s take a look at some different seed options that attract these lovely birds to you!
Black-oil sunflower seeds provide great nutrition for the birds and are one of the favorites that backyard bird watchers put out for the birds. Because of the larger size, hopper and platform feeders may be best, but the mesh feeders work fine as well as the birds can still pull the seeds through the openings. Goldfinches, house finches, purple finches, grosbeaks, blue jays, cardinals, woodpeckers, chickadees, sparrows, mourning doves, and many others love black-oil sunflower seeds!
Safflower seed has a very bitter taste for the birds but is still one of the most popular and common seeds offered at feeders. The birds enjoy it also, and you’ll find grosbeaks, cardinals, purple finches, mourning doves, blue jays, and others that will eat safflower seeds. This is also one of the most recommended seeds if you want to control critters that like to feast on your seeds!
Nyjer seed is a little more of a specialty seed primarily for the finch family including, goldfinches, house finches, and purple finches. Mourning doves love eating underneath the feeders and nibbling as well. Occasionally, you will see chickadees and sparrows eating nyjer seed as well. If you really want to have some fun, put out a sock feeder and watch the acrobatics of the goldfinches!
Suet cakes are a woodpecker’s favorite! The cake shown here can be put directly into a suet cake feeder without any work. For the log, we just cut up the cake into smaller pieces and stuff it into the holes. Suet comes in many different flavors such as fruit, peanut, seeds, and even insects for extra crunch! Suet also comes in many different forms such as balls, plugs, and pellets.
Trail Mix has a little something for everyone! With various tree nuts, sunflower seeds, meal worms, and other goodies, this variety of seed keeps the birds coming back for more!
That’s it for now, I hope you found this to be helpful in picking what kind of feeders and seed to put out for your bird friends! Enjoy the birds and we hope you stay healthy and safe!