The Best Bird Feeder Features
As the temperature drops, there’s no better time to get creative in your garden! Feel like giving the birds in your area something to tweet about? Take a look at the best features you can get for your bird feeder.
The Bird Store & More is located in Sturbridge, MA and features many types of bird feeders including hopper feeders, platform feeders, tray feeders, tube feeders, and window feeders. What you need depends on the types of birds in your backyard. Do you have larger birds, wild birds, ground-feeding birds, blue jays, house finches, or some other kind of bird? Once you have narrowed down the type of bird feeder you need, you will begin to decide which type of food to offer your feathered friends.
First, let us help you understand some qualities and things to consider when choosing a bird feeder.
You’ll want to clean out your bird feeder at least once a week, and if you’ve got a lot of birds visiting, you might need to do it more often. So it’s essential to have a feeder that’s easy to clean. How easy? Well, some feeders can be disassembled within seconds. Others have hinged lids, so all you have to do is flip them open and wipe. And if you’re using a seed tray, make sure it’s removable.
Some birds, like chickadees and titmice, can perch on the thinnest rod. Make sure your feeder is light enough for them and sturdy enough for all the birds. Lightweight frames are easy to hang, and if you’re using feeders with built-in perches, you’ll want to make sure the perches are strong enough to support the heavier birds that visit your feeder.
If you want a feeder to attract bluebirds, cardinals, and other big birds, you’ll want one that holds a lot of food. But if you only see a few small birds, like chickadees and finches, you can get away with a smaller feeder.
If you don’t want to clutter up your yard, you’ll love space-saving features. Some feeders are designed to hang from a single nail. Others have built-in hooks for hanging, and some can even be mounted on a window. If you love to bird-watch, but not the mess, you’ll love the new space-saving designs available.
Easy to Fill
You’ll want to keep your feeder filled. You don’t want to have to measure seed and fill a tray or tray every time you put out food. Look for a feeder that’s easy to fill and has a transparent seed tray to make sure you’re filling it with the right amount of seed.
Squirrels can easily climb almost all bird feeders, but some are designed with squirrels in mind. Some are squirrel resistant because of their clever design, like a sharp wire collar surrounding the feeder. Others have a weight-sensitive perch that rocks or tips the feeder when a squirrel tries to climb on.
It’s time to get out there and get your feeder. There are a wide variety of choices. Whether you’re a first-time bird feeder or a seasoned pro, you’ll want to take the time to look at all of your options. What do you want your feeder to look like? What features are most important to you? Which feeder will attract the most birds to your yard?
The Bird Store & More has a variety of feeders to fit birds’ needs! Check out our products online or call today! And, of course, if you’re looking for other ways to attract birds to your garden, take a look at our selection of birdhouses and birdbaths.