Set Out a Feast for your Feathered Friends

Written by Debbie Rodgers

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To prevent a great deal of waste, choose onlyrepparttar types of food that will attractrepparttar 116292 birds you want. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recommends putting out separate feeders for each food. Why not give these a try?

•With most birds that visit tube and house-type feeders,repparttar 116293 hands-down favorite is black oil sunflower seeds. A tube feeder with sunflower seeds will attract goldfinches, woodpeckers, chickadees, and nuthatches. If you add a tray, you’re likely to also see cardinals, jays and finches. A bonus: sunflower seeds are NOTrepparttar 116294 first pick of crows and starlings.

•Doves and several types of sparrows enjoy millet served in a house or platform feeder.

•A hanging suet feeder will be a treat for woodpeckers, as well as chickadees, wrens, nuthatches and cardinals. Starlings also like suet but you can discourage them by using a suet feeder with access only atrepparttar 116295 bottom. Starlings are reluctant to perch upside down but chickadees and woodpeckers don’t mind at all. If you’re in a warmer climate, use commercially rendered suet cakes that are safe for use inrepparttar 116296 heat, rather than raw beef fat.

There is no research to indicate that backyard bird feeding has a negative effect on wild bird populations. In fact, it may help in many situations, such as when natural food sources are scarce or birds are migrating. Once you start feeding though, you should keep it up throughoutrepparttar 116297 year. And don’t letrepparttar 116298 feeders get empty before re-filling, orrepparttar 116299 birds will look for food elsewhere and may take a while to find you again. What specific birds you attract and feed will vary depending on your location andrepparttar 116300 treats you offer. You can look in a bird field guide to determine which species are likely to be in your area and then look up what foods are their favorites. So get out there and feedrepparttar 116301 birds!

Debbie Rodgers owns and operates Paradise Porch, and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Visit her on the web at and get a free report on “Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor space”. Mail to

How Boutique Premium Cigars are Hand Made

Written by Don Kiki Berger of Tabacalera Esteli

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Considered one of the finest handmade cigar makers.

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