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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 chimunks.

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Tube bird feeders -are best for small birds like nuthatches, finches. Above, two different types of triple-tube birder feeder (to hold 3 different types of bird seed): On the left, Perky-Pet’s feeder has a copper-finished dome top (amazon.com) and on the right, Squirrel-Be-Gone III’s outer cage and weighted perches (drsfostersmith.com) will deter squirrels deter.


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Nectar bird feeders are the hummingbird’s best friend. Below are a couple of our favorite hummingbird feeders – both Yard Envy‘s attractive globe-shaped glass hummingbird feeder and Duncraft‘s ruby-red hummingbird feeder have the red colour that attracts hummingbirds (and isn’t as attractive to bees and wasps, who prefer yellow).


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Platform and hopper bird feeders are all-purpose bird feeders suitable for all sizes of birds. Above, this covered platform bird seed feeder attracts birds of all sizes (and squirrels) and helps to keep the food dry; include a drainage hole to prevent water from collecting. (Photo: Best Backyard Bird Feeders)


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Suet bird 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. Above, A Do-It-Yourself Suet Log Bird Feeder (The Garden Roof Coop | Pinterest), and Fiddle Creek Farms Caged Barrier Guard Multi Feeder with four different central feed holder options including a double suet cage.

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.

More About Birds:

3 Ways to Attract Birds to Gardens & Yards

Pet Birds for Seniors

Backyard Birdhouses

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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