You can buy or build a bird feeder - but any
simple shallow container that can be mounted above the ground or
hung from a tree limb will serve lunch to the feathered
friends. If using a feeder that offers no enclosure to
protect the seed, add small holes for drainage of rainwater to your
Bird feeders are highly specialized.
Designed for looks, for specific types of birds, to discourage
squirrels or bees, the variety and designs of feeders available can
make you want to several. Offering several feeders in your
yard is a good idea.
In my yard I have thistle sock feeders for the
tiny finches and other small songbirds. I am careful to hang
these soft feeders in areas without much surrounding vegetation and
the colorful finches are here daily. I love to watch their
antics. I also keep a "general" feeder for larger birds and a
couple for my friends the blue birds and the cardinals. In
one corner of the yard where there is a cluster of three trees I
have "critter feeders" with dried corn and other goodies to suit
the squirrels and other furry friends.
For hummingbirds, a feeder with bee guards and
ant moats is best. These are usually made of glass and have
several small perches. I've tested many hummingbird feeders
that simply don't work. There has to be sufficient capacity
but also ease of cleaning is crucial. Mold and mildew can
build up in the these liquid feeders and the must be filled
frequently with fresh nectar and kept clean. I like to hand
2-3 hummingbird feeders from limbs of the same large oak
tree. Then I sit on my lounge chair beneath the tree as the
hummingbirds fly past me again and again moving from one feeder to
another. Ok - doesn't take much to entertain me but
it's a relaxing break in a busy day.
Window bird feeders attach to the outside of a
window on your home - great for letting kids watch birds but it can
be difficutl to encourage birds to use these feeders. During
winter months when food is scarce, you will have more birds willing
to use this type of feeder.