How to attract more birds to your feeders

Apr 5, 2021 by William Bessette

How to attract more birds to your feeders
How to attract more birds to your feeders

There’s something peaceful about watching the birds flutter around and listening to their chirping. If you love to bird watch, then you probably get excited when your bird feeders are busy with traffic. But if your feeders are regularly empty, it may be time to take a different approach. In this blog, we’ll go over a few things to keep in mind as you make your feeders and yard more bird-friendly.

Let’s start off by addressing the feeders. To bring in more birds, you want several types of feeders. Birds enjoy multiple places to feed and perch.

Feeders should be washed out periodically as they can quickly become filthy and even grow mold. Keep in mind how often you’re refilling the feeders. Do you fill them as soon as they’re empty, or do you wait? Birds more consistently flock to feeders that they know provide food. If you don’t regularly fill them, the birds in your neighborhood may go somewhere else.

Another thing to keep in mind is whether other animals can get into the feed and scare the birds away. Squirrels, for example, are notorious for stealing birdseed. You can stop them by using a Squirrel Guard Baffle. This device has a slippery surface that can defeat even the most persistent squirrel or raccoon from getting into your bird feeder.
Next, let’s look at where to place your bird feeders. If you’re trying to figure out the best place to put a feeder consider how much coverage is offered near it. Is there a tree nearby, bushes, or even a pile of brush on the ground? Birds feel more protected if there is somewhere they can hide if necessary.

A third thing to keep in mind is the type of seed you fill your feeders with. Birdseed made with lots of fillers may not be appetizing. Don’t be afraid to check the ingredients list when selecting birdseed. Also, keep in mind that variety is the spice of life. You can offer various types of food, including suet, berries, or different seeds. If you’re looking to attract specific types of birds, check out this list from Birds and Blooms.
The fourth thing you may want to add to your yard to make it more attractive to birds is a birdbath. You’ll want to have a little space between it and then feeders to keep it from getting too grimy. Also, consider a moving water source such as a birdbath that has a fountain or waterfall built-in. Adding birdhouses to your property can be a nice way to keep birds coming back to your yard.

As you can see, there are a few ways you can encourage birds to flock to your yard. We recommend trying several of these tactics for the most success.
 

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