Feeder & Foods Chart
Bird House Selection
Landscaping for Birds
Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
Visit the complete list: Bird Feeders (50 different feeders)
Tube Bird Feeder, Metal
Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder, Fortress
Window Bird Feeder, Classic
Heritage Farms Absolute 2
Gazebo Bird Feeder
Platform Ground Feeder, Heavy Duty
If too many birds at your feeder become a problem, you can control their numbers by putting out smaller amounts of seed, or
by using specialty seeds or restrictive feeders that will attract only certain species. If you fill your feeder only when it's empty, the birds will look for food elsewhere.
You can encourage small birds and discourage large birds with feeders that restrict access. Wood feeders with vertical bars and
feeders covered with wire mesh frustrate larger birds.
The most non-selective feeders are the tray, platform or house feeders because they allow easy access by all birds.
Tube feeders without trays also restrict access to only small birds. Remove the perches, and you've further restricted the feeder to only those birds that can easily cling - finches, chickadees, titmice and woodpeckers.
If starlings are a problem at your suet feeder, discourage them by
using a suet feeder with access only from the bottom. Starlings
are reluctant to perch upside down. Chickadees and
woodpeckers don't find that a problem.
You can virtually eliminate visits by birds you would rather not see
by offering seeds they won't eat. If you use more than one type of
seed, put them in separate feeders. This will reduce wasted
seeds, as birds will toss unwanted seeds out of a feeder to get to
Watch a feeder filled with a seed mix and you'll see the birds
methodically drop or kick out most of the seeds to get to their
Many birds prefer sunflower. Some prefer millet. A few prefer peanuts. Sparrows, blackbirds, doves and juncos will eat the
other grains used in pre-made mixes: corn, milo, red millet, oats, wheat and canary seed. Birds will also kick out artificial "berry" pellets, processed seed flavored and colored to look like real fruit.
Black oil sunflower is the hands-down favorite of all the birds that visit tube and house feeders. Birds who visit platform feeders (doves and sparrows) favor white proso millet. Ducks, geese and quail will eat corn. Many cereal grains (corn, milo, oats, canary, wheat, rape, flax and buckwheat) in mixed bird seeds are NOT favorites of birds that visit tube feeders.
The most effective way to attract the largest variety of birds to your yard is to put out separate feeders for each food:
- a starling-resistant suet feeder
- a house feeder for sunflower
- a bluebird feeder
- a wire mesh cage feeder for peanuts
- a nectar feeder
- a tube feeder for thistle
- a stationary or tray fruit feeder
- a house or platform feeder for millet