Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Ideas: Things you need to attract birds to your bird feeder.

After posting details on how to create a bird sanctuary in your own yard, I got lots of questions.  I made it clear how to attract birds to your yard, but I didn't list exactly what you would need.  Before we begin, I want to make this clear.  Each species has it's own wants and needs.  While these things will attract birds to your yard, you still need to ask yourself this question.  "What bird or birds am I looking to see?"  Once you get an answer, tell me and I'll help the best I can.  This specific post is going to recommend items to attract an array of species.  I'm up to 9 different species and counting with making minimal changes.  The 9 are sparrows, cardinals, blue jays, finches, cowbirds, starlings, grackles, robin red breast, & flickers.  I've also seen hummingbirds that's a whole other post.  For now, remember bugs, nectar, and RED.

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How to attract birds to your bird feeder.

1.  A good quality bird seed.

A bird seed that attracts most species without fail is black oil sunflower seeds.  As mentioned in my previous post, most seeds are filled with useless "filler" seeds that birds won't eat.  This isn't going to help you attract birds to your bird feeder.  The birds are looking for quality.  I use Wagner's Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.  It has no fillers, it's nutritious, & it's priced right.  This food is great for ground feeders, too.  For example, blue jays will pick up the seeds the sparrows toss.

Small bird feeders can only feed one or two birds at a time.  You'll want one with plenty of perching space.  I use a hexagon, house shaped feeder similar to the one found through this link.  REMEMBER - Birds attract other birds.  The more birds that fit on your feeder, the more that will come.

Similar to above, birds that eat from suet cakes will only bother digging for high quality food.  I use Wildlife Sciences 240 Wild Bird Suet Plus Cakes.  It's good quality and the right price.

The birds that eat from suet feeders are a little harder to attract since they're extra picky.  They include woodpeckers, flickers, sometimes blue jays, and the evasive European starlings.  To overcome this, I have two suet feeders set up at different heights to attract different birds.  The feeders I use are Squirrel Buster Suet Bird Feeder.  It deters squirrels, has a crumb port, and two sides!

Like you, birds want to be able to drink when they go for a meal.  Set up for a one stop shop.  They like clean, fresh water to drink, splash, and bathe in.  Did I mention CLEAN?  My husband recently surprised me with this bird bath that I've been eyeing for my birthday!  The birds love it.  I love it.  My yard loves it.  It's a triple win mostly because it's pretty.

For a bird to hang around, there has to be a place for them to quickly dive for refuge.  If you have a feeder standing in a bare yard, chances are birds won't come because they won't feel safe.

This I learned from experience and not from my research.  My visitors love a safe spot to roost.  Every time I peek out my window, I see several birds roosting on my garden stepping stones.  My theory is that the stones get warm from the sun making for a warm and cozy spot to rest.  I have a similar one to this garden stone that the birds love, but their favorite is my souvenir from Disney!

What type of bird are you looking to attract?


  1. You should've exposed this Karen and told us her name so that she could be publicly shamed for being a Karen. She obviously lives with a hell in her mind, poor goose. I bet her husband has women on the side because how could you get any love from such cynical wreck of a woman?

    1. Right? Have you ever? & in all honesty, how would she even know? She's just assuming. She's right, but it's technically still an assumption. What a sad, pathetic life that you feel the need to find random strangers online to shame in private message. OH, after I responded and she sent the second message, she kept rambling about how her man is her last and first love. She's spreading the word so that people like me raise our children right. blah blah blah I wanted so badly to respond "What happens when your man leaves you? Can you never love again?", but I didn't. No point in arguing with a lunatic.

  2. This confuses me on so many levels. She commented on your Twitter about your blog? And what is she even trying to say? Did you blog about your husband’s past gf and this is what she’s referencing?

    I don’t think it’s ever ok to be judgmental about strangers, but that seems to be the main point of social media these days. It’s beyond insane. People hiding behind a screen name spewing venom. The amount of hatred out there is terrifying. I’ve found that it’s best to completely ignore those types because they are looking for a reaction and it bothers them most to not get attention.

    1. I'm just as confused as you! She didn't mention my blog, but the link is on my twitter page. And I never, ever talked about my husband's ex on my blog or anywhere. I have zero issues with his ex and have never even met her! I agree with you about ignoring them. Typically I do, but this was just so absurd that I couldn't stop myself.

  3. I luckily haven't experienced a real troll on my blog Twitter. Trolls are an exception, I hold back no fury.

  4. That's sad. I'm sorry she did that. Or at least we think it's a she. For all we know, it's a guy just randomly trolling women just because. I'm glad you choose to be better and not bitter. That shows your true character.


  5. Did you ever hear the story about the man in the arena? I encourage you to watch the the following YouTube video if you have time and then afterwards, you may be able to tell yourself that this woman does indeed has a seat in your arena, but there is no reason that you have to listen to her. I hope you find the video as as inspiring as I did:
    This week I have been telling myself: "I approve of myself." Sometimes we just need our self to know that we don't have to heed unsolicited external validation. We are enough. Keep doing your thing! You have got this!

  6. hahahaha wtf? That is rather random. You are so going to hell though. You responded to a troll. That just lost you a whole bunch of points hahahaha well there was my laugh for the day.

    We are all judgmental in some form, but then we have to remember to put ourselves in the others shoes. This woman is clearly a quack though.

  7. Well, it takes all kinds to make the world go round, doesn't it? I think it's hilarious and would have had a great time messing with her if I got a message like that, but you're right. Sometimes it's just better to block the crazies.


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