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Fall Feeder Tips: Feeder Selection

The days are getting shorter, the mornings are getting cooler and the birds are on the move. Some birds will migrate further south, but many will stay here for the upcoming winter months. To attract many different types of birds, use a variety of feeder styles and seed blends.

If you are only going to use one type of feeder this year, tube feeders are a great choice. The clear tube lets you see when the seed is getting low. In addition, they have a small perching area so they attract a smaller species of bird, such as chickadees, finches, sparrows, titmice, and nuthatches. If you want to attract goldfinches, opt for a tube feeder with small holes that will hold thistle seed. These feeders are specifically designed for this small seed and are usually labeled so.

Hopper or Ranch-Style feeders are traditional house-shaped feeders and a popular choice among avid birdwatchers and backyard birdwatchers alike. The seed is poured inside by lifting the “roof” and flows into a feeding trough. These feeders hold a good amount of seed and keep seed dry and fresh. In addition, they can be hung or pole mounted. They usually have a roomier perching area, allowing large and small birds alike to feed. Select styles have suet cages mounted on the sides.

Fly-Thru or Tray-Style feeders come in many shapes and sizes. They are easy-to-use and clean as the seed can quickly be tossed in. They are basically a tray feeder with a roof to keep the elements off of the seed.

Ground Tray Feeders are best if you want to attract birds that prefer to feed close to the ground, such as dove or quail. These type of feeders are not recommended for songbirds.

Another great feeder option is the Clinger Feeder. These feeders will attract smaller birds, like finches and chickadees, as they have no problem hanging on to grab the seed. Some larger, pesky birds have trouble clinging to these type of feeders.

With the right feeder (and seed) you can attract the birds you want to your backyard! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to stop by or give us a call! We are here to help you succeed!

Happy Bird Watching!
Susan Rollins
Fairview Greenhouses & Garden Center