Attention Fellow Bird Lovers!
If you want to attract wild birds to your garden all year-round, there’s a few things to consider to ensure the feeders and other products you choose are safe and useful.
I’ll show you the products I use in my garden (after trying out lots I did not like).
You can also view them here on my Wild Bird Favourites list at Amazon.com.
Choose Products That Are Safe For The Birds
These are some of my favourite products for encouraging wild birds in the garden. The links go to my affiliate account at Amazon but I highly recommend finding a local supplier of bird feeders and seed. Many of the small businesses that sell these products are extremely knowledgeable about best choices and often know a lot about the birds in your area.
I really love having these feeders. Place it on a window where you like to sit indoors and watch the show! They attach with suction cups. I reinforce mine with some wire to make sure they cannot fall when the occasional squirrel (or heavy bird) lands on it. [See it on Amazon.com]
The number one thing to look for in oriole and hummingbird feeders is a design that is easy to take apart and clean. These feeders are used during the warmer months and should be cleaned with soapy water every few days to prevent any build up of mold. [See it on Amazon.com]
The classic, biggest Brome feeders are the best ones I’ve found for keeping squirrels from eating all the bird seed. They will definitely try, but they will also give up after a few failed attempts. The way it works is, the weight of the squirrel causes the outer cage to shift down, blocking off access to the seed, leaving it available to lighter weight birds only (generally anything smaller than a Blue Jay). [See it on Amazon.com]
They call this a cardinal feeder, but really, any bird that enjoys sunflower seeds will dine here. [See it on Amazon.com]
Why a tail guard? It just makes it easier for the woodpeckers to access suet in the feeder if they have a surface to press their tails against. The less energy the birds need to expend while feeding, the better. [See it on Amazon.com]
6. Hummingbird Feeder
My top favourite hummingbird feeders have a glass nectar dispener and removable parts so it’s easy to wash every part. Be sure to clean hummer and oriole feeders every few days to prevent mold from forming in hot weather. I keep two of each feeder so I can easily rotate them. Also, store the feeders indoors as soon as the cold weather sets in. If the glass or plastic freezes, it may crack or break. [How to make nectar for hummingbirds plus tips on feeder care.] [See this feeder on Amazon.com]
This is an essential provision during the cold winter months: running water that the birds (and other wildlife) can easily access. If you can manage it, a heated bird bath is ideal. Place it where the birds feel safe to land and drink, away from shrubs or fences where there may be predators lurking. [See it on Amazon.com]
Always choose the best quality bird seed you can afford. When selecting sunflower seeds, look for black oil seeds. These have the highest calorie and nutrient levels. It’s hard work for a bird to shell a seed, so you want it the payoff to justify the effort. [See it on Amazon.com]
Wild birds are not just essential for the health of a garden but a great way to brighten up those long winter days. Well worth trudging through the snow each day to fill the feeders and provide fresh water.
Bird Camera (Automated)
I love my birdcam! These cameras can be set to take still images, short video clips, and time lapse photos. I keep mine setup all year round and it is always fun to see which critters have been on the feeder. Sometimes I capture images of rare birds from passing migrations that I would otherwise never know had passed through the garden. [See it on Amazon.com]
Nesting and Roosting Boxes
The important thing to know about nesting boxes is, there’s no one style fits all. If you know which type of bird you would like to house, look for a nesting box made for that specific type of bird. And be sure to purchase from a reputable company that has studied the needs of the birds. Many people do not realize that most bird houses and cheaper nesting boxes are not designed with bird safety in mind and the birds can become trapped inside. Do your homework before purchasing and block off the door ways on decorative bird houses—they are pretty much always a hazard. [See it on Amazon.com]
Winter roosting houses provide a warmer place to rest when the weather is wickedly cold, wet, and windy. Most birds don’t normally share resting spots, but when it is fierce outside, it’s super cute to see how many birds will pile into these houses to protect themselves. [See it on Amazon.com]
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