Bird Feeder Basics

Written by Louise Desmarteau


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Window Feeders Years ago, beforerepparttar fancy screens and storm windows, many people simply scattered a handful of crumbs or seeds forrepparttar 142847 birds on their windowsills. You can mount a simple shallow tray feeder onrepparttar 142848 outside of a window, mounting it like a window box (but higher and closer torepparttar 142849 pane). You can use wooden or metal brackets that attach belowrepparttar 142850 sill or onrepparttar 142851 sill. Perfect for kids and indoor cats - many window feeders attach with suction cups. Typically made of clear plastic, models by Aspects, Duncraft and K-Feeders are among those available.

The most popular window feeders are made byrepparttar 142852 Birding Company. A one-way mirror allowsrepparttar 142853 feeding activity to be observed while keepingrepparttar 142854 birds from being disturbed. The feeders need to be placed in a sunny spot forrepparttar 142855 one-way mirror to work. The feeder can be cleaned and food replaced from insiderepparttar 142856 house.

Tube Feeders Simple tube feeders are a perfect example of form matching function. They're self-contained, so seed stays dry; they hold a good quantity of seed, so they don't need refilling too often; and they can accommodate several birds at one time. Not all tube feeders are created equal though. You should invest a few extra dollars inrepparttar 142857 more expensive feeders such as Duncraft or Droll Yankees. The tube itself is sturdier,repparttar 142858 feeding holes are designed better so there's less spillage or feeds as birds eat, andrepparttar 142859 heavier metal used on top and bottom makesrepparttar 142860 feeder much more stable. Being heavier they don't swing as easily inrepparttar 142861 wind scattering seed onrepparttar 142862 ground.

Tube feeders are welcomed by goldfinches, purple finches, pine siskins, chickadees, and house finches, who seem to know they can eat in peace there without being disturbed byrepparttar 142863 bigger birds. The size ofrepparttar 142864 hole (port) determines whether you have a feeder that should be filled with Niger, birdseed mix or sunflower seeds.

There are two styles of tube feeders. One is designed with small feeding ports forrepparttar 142865 tiny Niger seeds;repparttar 142866 other has larger ports for such seeds as black oil sunflower, safflower, or mixed seed.

Not all tube feeders are cylinders. There are tube feeders with three, four, or more sides. It isrepparttar 142867 idea of feeding ports built intorepparttar 142868 elongated seed container that makes a feeder a tube feeder.

The Droll Yankees A6 Tube Feeder is still a top seller. Droll Yankee feeders have a lifetime guarantee. Other variations include Perky Pet's Upside-Down Thistle Feeder. Perches are placed aboverepparttar 142869 feeding ports so that seed can be accessed only by finches that can feed upside down, a design that excludes house finches.

Two or three tubes are sometimes ganged together, asrepparttar 142870 Opus TopFlight Triple Tube Feeder. With a total of 12 ports, it can feed more birds than a single tube, and it also hasrepparttar 142871 option of being filled with a different seed type in each tube.

Most tube feeders are made of transparent plastic, but Vari-Craft makes particularly attractive tube feeders of white PVC. Ports are made of a hard plastic. A squirrel-proof model is available with stainless steel ports.

Most tube feeders can be fitted with round trays underneath that catch spillage from birds like finches, which are notoriously messy eaters. The tray serves double duty as a small platform feeder for such birds as cardinals and doves, which benefit from repparttar 142872 slung seed.

Tube feeders are sometimes placed inside a wire-mesh cage for protection from squirrels. Cages also keep large birds like grackles from perching on a tray and reaching up torepparttar 142873 feeder ports.

Nectar Feeders Sweet sugar water, or nectar, is a huge draw for hummingbirds. Put up a nectar feeder and you're practically guaranteed to get hummers. The birds search for red and deep orange-red flowers, andanything that color will bring them in for a closer look. Your nectar feeder may also attract other birds with a sweet tooth, including orioles, house finches, and woodpeckers. Inrepparttar 142874 wild these birds would satisfy that craving with real nectar from flowers, or a sip of sugary tree sap or fruit juice. The sugar boost gives them quick calories andrepparttar 142875 energy needed to live.

As with other bird feeders, look for a nectar feeder that's easy to fill and easy to clean. Make sure you can removerepparttar 142876 base to clean outrepparttar 142877 feeding holes. Bee guards of gridded plastic over repparttar 142878 feeder openings are a necessity unless you like to watch constant battles between wasps and hummingbirds.

Suet Feeders Suet feeders are not nearly as complex as some seed feeders. They can be as simple as a mesh sack -repparttar 142879 kind often used for onions and potatoes. Toss a chunk of raw suet in an empty mesh sack and hang it on a tree trunk or from a branch or pole.

A popular way of presenting suet is in homemade suet logs. Perches are not necessary and if used will attract grackles and starlings. Woodpeckers and small clinging birds can get a grip on repparttar 142880 rough wood. Stuffed with suet, these logs have woodpeckers as regular visitors. Standing dead trees can be drilled and filled like giant suet logs. If meant to attract woodpeckers, a suet feeder is likely to be found most quickly if it is attached initially to a tree trunk. Oncerepparttar 142881 woodpeckers have found it, repparttar 142882 feeder can be moved to other spots andrepparttar 142883 birds will follow.

Suet cages are sometimes combined with bird feeders. Health Manufacturing makes a beautiful redwood hopper feeder with suet cages at either end,repparttar 142884 Classic Suet 'n Seed Feeder. Woodlink makes a similar model with a copper roof.

Louise Desmarteau is the Owner of BirdShopper.com, an online e-tailer offering the highest quality wild bird feeders and birdhouses on the market today. BirdShopper's staff is very knowledgeable and can assist you with any questions you might have in selecting the product(s) that are right for you. Visit BirdShopper today.


The Ivy League

Written by Jason Canon


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Boston Ivy flowers are small, green, and difficult to locate. They develop into blue-black berries on red stalks, which become apparent afterrepparttar leaves fall. Birds typically consumerepparttar 142846 berries before winter arrives. The foliage of Boston Ivy looks similar to maple leaves, especially when it turns deep red in autumn. It is usually pest-free but Japanese beetles can damage leaves inrepparttar 142847 sunshine. This ivy makes an excellent backdrop for summer flowers, especially reds, yellows, oranges, and whites.

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Jason Canon has authored numerous technical research papers including: photonic switching, gigabit networking, VoIP E9-1-1, and others.


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