Written by: George Petrides, Sr.
November 27, 2012 02:05 PM
How to Start Feeding Wild Birds in Your Yard
Here are proven tips and techniques to help you quickly enjoy beautiful wild birds found around your home. Most birdfeeders are designed to attract a wide variety of wild bird species but some ...
have features which appeal to certain species such as Goldfinches and woodpeckers. An excellent feeder design to start with is a “hopper” feeder with wide ledges which presents black-oil sunflower seeds for big and small birds already living around your backyard. This approach ensures that you will attract beautiful wild birds quickly by using the seeds they prefer.
Place your feeder so you can view it from a favorite room or chair. Think of a picture window, deck railing, patio, comfortable armchair or breakfast table. Some feeders are designed to attach to your window pane.
Your birds also need to enjoy where your feeder is placed so make sure it’s near plant or tree cover for protection from the weather and safety, yet easily found too. Take an old, white t-shirt or towel and place it on the ground beneath your feeder (whether mounted on a pole or hanging from a hook or branch). Take a handful of black-oil sunflower seeds and sprinkle them on your “target”.
Birds follow other birds’ feeding patterns so when the first bird finds these seeds, you and your feeder are in business! Re-fill your feeder as often as necessary to encourage your backyard birds to enjoy your feeder every day too.
Check with your local Wild Bird Center store staff for other recommendations about seeds, suet and other foods. Get ready for your family to enjoy lots of natural fun!