Bird Notes from West Houston

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Birdfeeding Tips - Variety

Variety can be the spice of life in your backyard. Birds have different habits when it comes to feeding. Some prefer to feed on the ground. Others prefer to feed on a feeder. Others will feed both places. Offering a variety of feeders will help you attract the widest variety of birds to your yard.

Hanging feeders include seed tubes, peanut feeders, suet feeders, finch feeders, and some wooden feeders. Birds that are comfortable feeding in trees will use these feeders. These birds include chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers, and finches. Ground feeders can be anything from throwing seed directly on the ground to offering seed in a platform feeder on legs. Birds that prefer feeding on the ground are doves, sparrows, grackles, cardinals, jays and blackbirds. Some birds such as cardinals, jays, House Sparrows, grackles, and blackbirds will feed at both types of feeders. White-winged Doves will also get on some hanging feeders although they prefer to feed on the ground.

By offering a variety of feeders, you will be sure to have feeders that will attract the birds no matter what their feeding preference is. Knowing your habitat (see the post from Jan. 19) and what birds to expect will determine the types of feeders that are appropriate.

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