How do you make your yard’s bird feeders a success with a wide variety of birds? If you’ve got more than one or two feeders, and have the space, consider spreading them out! I find that too many feeders right on top of each other, each appealing to different types of birds, creates congestion. This increases conflict as species and personal spaces overlap.
This doesn’t mean that each individual feeder has to be its own remote island. Think about about feeder types and which birds are likely to visit each feeder. Then cluster the feeders that make sense to be near each other. Leave space in between the clusters to allow various species to eat relatively peacefully at the same time.
This is the story of how I tried to use a Squirrel Buster Standard feeder to offer dried mealworms to Eastern Bluebirds. In the end, it turned out not to be the best way to do it. But I learned a lot about Eastern Bluebirds and European Starlings in the process . . . and did find a better feeder choice for this purpose in the end.
What kind of seed do birds eat? How do you choose birdseed? First decide which birds you want to attract. Then offer seed they like to get more birds to your feeders! Here is the seed and other food I put in my feeders, followed by a list of which birds eats what.