Most birdfeeders are designed to attract a wide variety of wild bird species but some have features which appeal to certain species such as Goldfinches and woodpeckers. An excellent feeder design to start with is a “hopper” feeder with wide ledges which present black-oil sunflower seeds for big and small birds already living around your backyard. This approach ensures that you will attract beautiful wild birds quickly by using the seeds they prefer.
Feeding Wild Birds tips:
Place your feeder so you can view it from a favorite room or chair. Think of a picture window, deck railing, patio, comfortable armchair, or breakfast table. Some feeders are designed to attach to your windowpane.
Your birds also need to enjoy where your feeder is placed so make sure it’s near plant or tree cover for protection from the weather and safety, yet easily found too.
Take an old, white t-shirt or towel and place it on the ground beneath your feeder (whether mounted on a pole or hanging from a hook or branch). Take a handful of black-oil sunflower seeds and sprinkle them on your “target”. Birds follow other birds’ feeding patterns so when the first bird finds these seeds, you and your feeder are in business!
Re-fill your feeder as often as necessary to encourage your backyard birds to enjoy your feeder every day too.
Get ready for your family to enjoy lots of natural fun! —
Source: National Bird-Feeding Society