Bird Feeder Types
Bird feeders come in many different types. And it seems in addition to birds loving them, almost all of them (with a few exceptions) are also favoured by squirrels and chipmunks.
Tube Bird Feeders
Tube feeders are best for small birds like nuthatches and finches.
(Male House Finch at Bird House Design Tube Feeder Photo: Joshua J. Cotten)
Some tube bird feeders are divided into sections and can hold different types of bird seed.
(Cardinals at Tube Bird Feeder Photo: Elvis Bueno)
These female and male cardinals like the polished copper domed tube bird feeder and seed mix.
Nectar Bird Feeders
These bird feeders are the hummingbird’s best friend.
(Hummingbirds at Feeder Photo: Dave Sherrill)
Hummingbird feeders with a red colour attract hummingbirds; a side benefit is that red isn’t as attractive to bees and wasps, who prefer yellow.
You can find all different shapes and sizes of hummingbird feeders in plastic, or even fancy glass nectar feeders.
Platform and Hopper Bird Feeders
These are all-purpose bird feeders suitable for all sizes of birds.
(Great Tit on Platform Bird Feeder, Germany Photo: Abdul Rehman Khalid)
Bird seed spilled onto a platform bird feeder will attract birds (and squirrels etc.) of all sizes.
A covered platform bird seed feeder will help to keep food dry. Include a drainage hole to prevent water from collecting.
Suet Bird Feeders
Suet feeders are beloved by woodpeckers, chickadees, northern flickers, wrens, and nuthatches.
When mixed with other types of bird seed and nuts, suet bird feeders can attract a wide range of birds including blue jays, orioles, robins, and blackbirds.
Yes, squirrels really like suet feeders too, so if you only want birds at your suet feeder try placing free-hanging suet balls in such a way that squirrels can’t climb up, climb down, or jump over to them – Good luck with that! If squirrels at the bird feeder frustrate you, you may enjoy my article Confessions of a Bird Watcher.
Outer Cage / Barrier Bird Feeders
Bird feeders with either a fixed outer cage, or a sliding outer cage that drops down if a heavier weight is detected, will help to deter larger birds and squirrels.
You can fill these bird feeders with your preferred bird seed, suet balls, or nut mix and attract different types of smaller birds.
Add in a mix of evergreen and seasonal perennials, shrubs and trees to your yard, and in addition to being a source of fruit and seeds, they’ll provide shelter for your visiting birds.
Note: This article was first published in 2016. It has been updated with new & additional content.
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