Where to Put Bird Feeders: Spread Them Out!

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Backyard Bird Feeders

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.

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How to Choose Birdseed

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White-Breasted Nuthatch Eating Sunflower Hearts
White-Breasted Nuthatch Eating Sunflower Hearts

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.

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Attracting Northern Cardinals

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Male Northern Cardinal in the Snow
Male Northern Cardinal in the Snow

It’s hard not to like Northern Cardinals. One of our most popular feeder birds, the male’s beautiful red color pops in the yard, especially in dull grey winter months. And the female’s more subtle orange and red tones are lovely as well. They come to our feeders fairly readily and are polite guests. While they might bicker with each other a little bit, especially in spring breeding season, they don’t give other species a hard time. If you live within their range, attracting them to feeders usually isn’t hard to do.

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