Today, there is such a marvelous selection of feeders available to those who love birds. Therefore, you may be asking: What kind of feeder should I use? Is there a difference? Do my feeder decisions influence what kind of birds will come to my yard? Those are great questions to ask, so let’s answer them briefly by thinking about the virtues of each type of feeder and the varieties of birds it tends to attract. suet feeder

HOPPER FEEDER

  • Keeps several pounds of mixed seed dry
  • Draws many species including Cardinals, Jays, Red-Winged Blackbirds; the wide platform provides ample perching space

TUBE FEEDER

  • Many styles are now available for use with seed mixes
  • Birds love the built-in perches

NYJER FEEDER

  • Also known as a Thistle Feeder or Finch Feeder
  • Designed to dispense Nyjer (thistle) seed to finches (primarily)
  • Nyjer seed may also be served in disposable “socks” with holes

GROUND FEEDER

  • Simple, screen-bottomed tray with short legs
  • Placed in open areas at least 10’ from nearest tree or shrub
  • Draws Doves, Sparrows, Goldfinches, and Cardinals
  • Avoid using this feeder if there are outdoor cats nearby

HANGING TRAY FEEDER

  • Same virtues as a Ground Feeder, but less accessible to cats

FLY-THROUGH FEEDER

  • A covered tray w/o walls, a “drive-thru” for birds on-the-go

SUNFLOWER SEED TUBE/BASKET FEEDER

  • Some experts say if you have room for only one feeder, it should be this one. But hoppers and trays serve sunflower well, too.

NECTAR FEEDER

  • Also known as a Hummingbird Feeder
  • NOTE: Hummingbirds still need to be fed in autumn as they fatten-up for their return flight to Central America

SUET FEEDER

  • No backyard is complete without at least one suet feeder
  • Provides much needed fat and protein to a variety of birds