Bird feeders are a great way to turn your own backyard into a mini oasis for the wild birds in your area. We have bird feeders out in the yard, with a few up close the back windows. Bird feeders provide food to the birds, but sometimes we have a chance to see some of the rarest species right in our own back yard! Bird feeders come in a variety of shapes and designs depending on which species of birds they are made for. You can even make your own! The most common types of bird feeders are ground feeder, seed tube feeder, humming bird feeder, suet feeder, oriole feeder etc.
There are a variety of grains that you can purchase fairly cheaply to offer your feathered friends. The most popular varieties of seeds include millet, safflower, sunflower and thistle.
Seed feeders are very popular. They come with either tubes or hoppers. These feeders are mainly used for sunflower seeds or mix to attract birds like chickadees, nuthatches, siskins and finches.
A suet feeder is a cage-like structure made of metal and coated with plastic. The plastic holds a cake or suet. Suet is basically a bird feed containing animal fat, which prevents the feed from turning rancid. It also protects it from the effects of moisture. Suet feeders attract birds like woodpeckers and flickers. They can be hung from windows or trees so that we can get a clear and closeup view of the birds.
Humming bird feeders are unlike the seed feeders in that they offer feed is in a liquid form. This usually consists of a sugary syrup solution. To attract the Humming birds, the solution is usually a bright color. You can purchase pre-made Humming Bird food or make your own by boiling sugar and water! Add a few drops of red food coloring if you like, but it’s really not necessary. The Humming birds will find the feeder and drink regardless!
These little birds are amazing! Some will get up close and personal with you! A couple of years ago, we held a small feeder in our hand and a humming bird flew right up and drank from it! It was totally awesome!
Oriole feeders are orange in color. They also use a liquid form of food and cater to new world Orioles. These Orioles are a species of birds having a uniquely pointed beak and tongue.
A few notes about bird feeders
The success of a feeder depends on a couple of things. The quality of food provided is obviously important. Success also depends on location of the feeder. It needs to be in safe place, away from intruders like squirrels and cats.
Feeding the birds provides them with food and us with the pleasure of seeing them. But, if the feeders are not maintained and kept clean, we could cause more harm than good. Moldy food and unclean feeders can cause illness and spread of disease among the birds as they come in contact with one another. So, if you have bird feeders, keep a check on them and clean as necessary for the birds safety.