Do birds like cedar bird feeders?

Asked By: Clarine Bermell | Last Updated: 19th May, 2020
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As with platform feeders, hopper or house feeders attract a wide variety of bird species. Cedar makes a great bird feeder because it's attractive, long-lasting, and birds feel comfortable perching on your cedar house or hopper bird feeder.

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In respect to this, what kind of bird feeders do birds like?

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  • Tray or Platform Feeders. Trays attract the widest variety of seed-eating feeder birds, including pigeons, starlings, and House Sparrows, but also grosbeaks and native sparrows.
  • Hopper or “House” Feeders.
  • Window Feeders.
  • Tube Feeders.
  • Nyjer Feeders.
  • Suet Feeders.

Likewise, how do birds detect bird feeders? Sight is the most important way birds find feeders. They can also find feeders when seeds are scattered on the ground or on top of the feeder. Birds are constantly looking for food, so sometimes they'll just find a feeding station because it happens to be in an area they frequent.

Similarly one may ask, what's the best bird feeder for small birds?

Here are the best bird feeders you can buy:

  • Best thistle bird feeder: Stokes Select Little-Bit Finch Feeder.
  • Best oriole bird feeder: Songbird Essentials Ultimate Oriole Feeder.
  • Best suet feeder: Stokes Select Double Suet Bird Feeder.
  • Best squirrel-proof bird feeder: Squirrel Buster Standard Bird Feeder.

Why do birds not like my feeder?

When there is an abundance of weed seeds and berries, birds don't need to come to your feeder. It may also be the wrong time of day. After watching their feeders all day, some people will swear no birds visit. In mild weather, when wild food is plentiful, birds will use your feeder less.

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What kind of bird food attracts the most birds?

The seed that attracts the widest variety of birds, and so the mainstay for most backyard bird feeders, is sunflower. Other varieties of seed can help attract different types of birds to round out your backyard visitors.

Do birds eat from feeders at night?

If their food isn't dripping in blood, they aren't interested. Whip-poor-wills and nighthawks feed at night, but they too are meat eaters, which they get in the form of flying insects. Most other birds, especially our birdseed-loving birds, sleep at night. I'm betting you have flying squirrels coming to your feeder.

What do you put under bird feeders?

8 Easy Ways to Landscape Under Bird Feeders
  1. 8 Solutions for the Bare Spot Under Your Bird Feeders.
  2. Buy No-Mess Blend Birdseed Mix.
  3. Use a Seed Tray.
  4. Experiment with Different Plants.
  5. Plant a Wildflower Garden.
  6. Plant Low-Growing Shrubs Under the Feeders.
  7. Just Plant the Perimeter Leaving the Bare Patch in the Middle.
  8. If You Are Handy, Build a Concrete Birdfeeder 'Patio'

Can birds smell bird seed?

With the exception of some seabirds and vultures, most birds do not have a strong sense of smell. One bird may find a source of seeds, then others of the same species will follow. Birds can also remember where they found seeds previously — even years earlier — and can even remember what a particular feeder looks like.

Do birds come to window feeders?

Nearly all types of birds that are typically attracted to feeders will use a window feeder. Some birds, however, may be excluded by smaller window feeders or may be more suspicious of window feeders.

Can you have too many bird feeders?

But is there such a thing as too many feeders? I think the answer is yes. Variety is not only the spice of life, it's also the spice of bird feeding. If you want to attract the maximum number of birds and the widest possible guild of species to your backyard, you have to add new and different things to attract them.

Where is a good place to put a bird feeder?

Bird feeders are best hung in a place where your visiting birds feel safe from predators. Most important: Avoid open and noisy areas and hang your bird feeders at eye level or a little above. Do not hang feeders too close to any place where squirrels can jump on them, or too low they are within a cat's reach.

What food is best for small birds?

The most popular supplemental foods to offer birds include:
  • Suet.
  • Mealworms.
  • Safflower seeds.
  • Mixed birdseed.
  • Nectar.
  • Jelly.
  • Peanut butter.
  • Cracked corn.

How long does it take for birds to find bird feeder?


The Rule of 2s is that it might take 2 seconds, 2 minutes, 2 hours, 2 days, 2 weeks, even 2 months for birds to use a new feeder! It depends on many things such as feeder placement, the type of feeder, the quality of the food, bird population in your area, weather, predators, and more.

What is the best seed for birds?

Here is the best bird seed you can buy:
  • Best wild bird seed overall: Valley Splendor Black Oil Sunflower.
  • Best wild bird seed mix: Wagner's Greatest Variety Mix.
  • Best no-mess wild bird seed: Lyric Sunflower Kernels.
  • Best bird seed to attract finches: Wagner's Nyjer Seed.

How do I keep my bird feeders dry?

Keeping your bird seed dry while it's still in the bird feeder is another matter. If you can't pick a feeder with a wide lid, add a squirrel baffle to the top of your seed bird feeder. This will keep the moisture of rain, or snow, out of the seed supply.

How do I stop big birds eating bird food?

Generally, bully birds prefer bread, corn, millet, wheat and sunflower seeds. To get rid of them, supply food they won't eat. To feed finches, fill hanging tube feeders with only nyjer seed (thistle). For cardinals, chickadees and nuthatches, provide safflower seed in hopper or tray feeders.

How do I stop starlings coming into my garden?

If you want to prevent starlings and stop them from coming to your bird feeders, I have found these three effective strategies work:
  1. Offer foods that starlings don't eat.
  2. Use starling proof bird feeders.
  3. Eliminate potential starling nest locations.

How do you feed a small bird only?


To get rid of them, supply food they won't eat. To feed finches, fill hanging tube feeders with only nyjer seed (thistle). For cardinals, chickadees and nuthatches, provide safflower seed in hopper or tray feeders. If you do this, grackles, crows and blackbirds generally will look elsewhere for the foods they like.

Does a bird feeder need a perch?

If you want to attract larger birds, you'll need a tray at the bottom of the feeder for them to perch on. According to Cole, all perch feeding bird types like tube feeders. These include finches, bluebirds, buntings, cardinals, titmice, woodpeckers and chickadees.

Can I put hummingbird feeder next to regular bird feeder?

Despite their bold personalities, however, hummingbirds can still be easily intimidated by larger birds, and it is never a good idea to position hummingbird feeders near seed or suet feeders that are popular with other birds. Instead, position hummingbird feeders at least 15-20 feet apart.