Bird feeders are a wonderful addition to any landscape and they allow you to enjoy wildlife from the comfort of your own backyard! Wild bird feeders can be decorative just as much as being functional so you can get the best of both worlds. There are so many different types of wild bird feeders on the market that appeal to different types of birds and the types of food that they eat, choosing the right one for you depends on several factors:
- What different types of species of birds live in your area?
- What kind of climate your region consists of?
- How often you will be able to fill your feeders?
- Whether or not squirrels are a problem in your area. This is probably the biggest factor!
Before finding the perfect bird feeder for your yard, you need to know what kind of birds are actually in your area. When you are trying to attract larger birds such as woodpeckers, you don’t want to decide on a little bird feeder that might hold the weight. There are plenty of bird feeders that feature large platforms for bigger birds but will also allow a variety of small birds to feed from at the same time. There are also screen and mesh feeders for bird species that like to “cling” to a surface while eating. Some birds enjoy mixed seeds while some prefer to eat from a suet cake. If you would like to attract birds such as a hummingbird or oriole, you will need a bird feeder that dispenses some form of nectar.
Something you will notice in your search for a wild bird feeder is that there are a lot of decorative feeders out there. You may wonder how these yard decorations can actually be functional. Well, there are a ton of gorgeous feeders on the market that serve as high quality and effective feeders!
Some bird watchers like to really note the details of birds that can only be seen up close while eating. To observe wild birds feeding up close, you may want to choose a window feeder. These clear-colored feeders attach to any glass window on your home, allowing you to spot the birds’ feather coloring and behaviors. These types of bird feeders are educational and fun for the whole family!
You will also need to take into consideration the predators that may haunt your yard. Putting out wild bird seed won’t only attract birds but you will also attract squirrels which can become a problem. These bushy-tailed pests will be very persistent in attempting to steal your expensive bird seed and scare away all the birds that would normally come to your feeder. To keep them out, there are many types of squirrel-proof bird feeders and accessories that make any feeder squirrel resistant.
Wild bird feeders come in all shapes, sizes, designs and functions. Most bird feeders are very effective in attracting wild birds to your yard, but depending on the conditions of the area you live in, there are different needs you’ll need to look for in a feeder. As long as you use these guidelines, your wild bird feeder should be a perfect match for your yard!