Successful Bird Feeding Tips
Use a Seed Tube or Hopper-style Feeder.
These feeders are appealing to the widest variety of feeder birds. Seed tubes mimic the natural feeding positions of birds in the wild, like Chickadees, as they sit on tree branches and eat seeds. Hopper-style wooden feeders or trays offer plenty of perching room with wide ledges for Cardinals, Jays, and other larger birds to rest while eating. Fill the seed tube and hopper feeders with sunflower seed or seed premium blend seed mixes. Look for mixes that contain sunflower because it is one of the most preferred seeds of feeder birds.
Finch Tube Feeder
Your second step to bird feeding success is to use a finch tube feeder. The finch tube feeder properly holds the types of seed that finches love best – thistle or finch mixes. Finch tube feeders have tiny holes perfect for dispersing these smaller seeds. The innovative Stokes Select® Finch Tube Feeder has three feeding holes per perch. In case one hole gets clogged, the finches have their choice of holes to feed from. This feeder dispenses seed more easily and quickly. Goldfinches, House Finches, and Purple Finches will flock to these feeders designed just for them.
Your third step to bird feeding success involves a suet feeder. Suet feeders are one of the best ways to attract those entertaining feeder birds – the Woodpeckers. Woodpeckers love suet, a high fat, energy-packed food. Woodpeckers can easily cling to the wire cage of a suet feeder and peck at the suet cake. Other feeder species, like Chickadees, Titmice, and Nuthatches also enjoy suet. Even more unusual feeder birds like Bluebirds, Mockingbirds and Carolina Wrens may be attracted to suet mixes, especially mixes that contain berries.
The fourth step to bird feeding success is to offer birds water. All birds need water for drinking and bathing. By offering fresh, clean water you help birds quench their thirst and keep their feathers in good, clean condition. Not only does water attract common feeder birds, but water also attracts exciting bird species that do not come to seed feeders, such as Wood Thrushes, Catbirds, Vireos, and Scarlet Tanagers. In arid regions of the country, using bird baths is one of the best ways to attract birds.