Bird Feeder Reviews
Bird feeders come in a variety of sizes, shapes and designs. Used outdoors, these feeders attract birds while supplying seed or oils to different species. They are also used for birdwatching. There are many types of bird feeds and some of better quality than others. We have brought together all of the top models and narrowed the list down of the ones we think are the best.
Bird Feeder Buying Guide
A Guide on What Bird Feeder to Buy Depending on the Type of Birds in the Area
People who enjoy having animals around but do not want or cannot provide the proper responsibility of fully taking care of one have existing alternatives to get these kinds of pets. One such animal is the free flying birds. People could make these birds return to their place by providing the birds with water, shelter, and food. Once the birds realize that their necessities are being offered in that certain location, they would willingly return and stay for longer periods of time. Now, focusing on one of the three bird needs, a person cannot just give the bird food, he should create a set up where he can just leave the food and the birds could just swoop in and feed. With that in mind, people need to have bird feeders and they need to know the different kinds of bird feeders and some basic rules in setting up bird feeders.
1. Bird-Watch and Look for The Common Type Of Birds Around The Neighbourhood.
What species of birds that normally flies around the household is a huge factor in deciding what kind of bird feeder to buy. It would, in fact, be the basis of purchase. The different kinds of bird feeders are usually designed for different kind of species. It is suggested that in establishing bird feeders, it is best to set up more than one so that more species would be attracted and the fight for food could be spread, thereby preventing feeder congestion.
The first kind of bird feeder is the ground or platform feeders. This feeder attracts cardinals, towhees, doves, sparrows, goldfinches, and juncos. This feeder is placed very close to the ground and is screened at the bottom of the tray. This set up ensures that the seeds would not be mixed with any of the bird droppings. There are also some ground feeders that contain a wire mesh. This additional feature is placed to stop rats and the larger birds from stealing the food. In setting these up, these ground feeders should be put in an open area, and should be at least 10 feet away from any trees or bushes. This is done to stop bird predators from attacking the birds. However, this is not recommended for people who own cats or who have neighbors that own cats.
For people whose neighborhood is frequented by cardinals, titmice, siskins, chickadees, red winged blackbirds, goldfinches, nuthatches, grackles, and jays, the recommended bird feeder is the hopper feeders. These are the feeders that are hanged on trees, or on a pole. The birds then hop on the feeder trigger to discharge the feeds. A person should do well to ensure that the hopper feeder is at least 5 feet of the ground.
A certain feeder that is specific to only one kind of bird is the hummingbird feeder. These feeders are placed in the shade so that the bird feed would not be spoiled. For the best view in watching the hummingbird eat, a person should place the feeder within 3 feet from a window, or in the porch. Hummingbirds could easily get comfortable enough that they could eat the feeds while being watched up close.
Goldfinches, redpolls, and pine siskins are easily attracted to the Nyjer Feeder. These feeders are crafted specifically to distribute nyjer or thistle seed. The seeds inside would only be available to small-beaked birds as there are only tiny holes around the feeder. Similar to other feeders, the Nyjer feeder should be hanged on a tree or a pole, and should be at least 5 feet off the ground. To make sure that the squirrels would not eat the seeds in the feeder, it is suggested that a baffle be used.
Adding to the number of feeders is the Suet Feeder. This is made to attract chickadees, woodpeckers, titmice, and nuthatches. Every now and then, creepers, wrens, and warblers would come and try the food in the suet feeder. People could actually create their personal suet puddings though the more common way of making one is by getting a huge pinecone and placing a mixture of ground suet and seeds in its crevices. The feeders could be placed in poles or trees near other feeders.
Finally, for people who would rather place just one bird feeder rather than hang different kinds for different bird species, the best choice of bird feeder would be the sunflower and seed tube feeder. A person should choose one that has metal ports placed around the dispenser to make sure that the seeds in the feeder would not be eaten by unwanted animals. This type of feeder could be placed near a window so that the person could enjoy watching how the birds feed. A person could also place this feeder on a pole or tree to be hanged at least 5 feet of the ground. The most common type of birds that would enjoy this kind of feeder is the chickadees, goldfinches, titmice, purple finches, nuthatches, siskins, and house finches.
2. Prevent the death of the birds
Millions and millions of birds die from crashing into windows. To prevent this, a person should buy a feeder that can be placed within three feet from a window so that the bird cannot gather enough momentum to hit the window hard. For bird feeders that cannot be placed near windows, the person should make sure that the feeder is placed at least 25 feet away from the house so that the extra distance would provide the bird with the needed space to slow down its flight speed.
3. Bird feeder design.
It is also recommended to place bird baths and houses near the bird feeder. For birdbaths, a person should make sure that the basin is near a shrub or tree in case a bird needs to quickly leave and hide. He should also place rocks, stones and other pebbles to make the water appear shallow, as the birds are deathly afraid of deep water. For houses, ensure that the entrance is big enough for a bird but small enough to prevent predators from entering. It should also be placed in a shade.