Filled bird feeders attract backyard birds . . . which attract hawks. In our yard, we’ve seen Red-Shouldered Hawks, Red-Tailed Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks and Sharp-Shined Hawks but what we see most are Cooper’s Hawks.
This unassuming Backyard Boys Platform Feeder was popular when I used it in my yard. It is simply a screened tray on legs. Its frame and legs are made from recycled materials rather than wood, so it will last out in the elements far longer than one made of wood. It’s simple to fill, simple to clean and popular with many ground feeding birds. There are some down-sides to this type of feeder, but you can get around some of them. The trick is finding the right spot for it in your yard.