Bird Feeding Stations

Bird Feeding Stations

Bird feeding is the feeding of wild birds. Bird enthusiasts are usually the ones responsible for this activity, but regular households can also enjoy bird feeding. To do this, they need to set  up feeding stations in their backyards and provide a steady supply of bird food.

If you want to attract birds to your yard, setting up a bird feeder is the fastest way to do it. There are a variety of different kinds and styles of bird feeders, with each distinct type and style having its own purpose.

A variety of bird feeders are available in the market nowadays, from simple plastic tubes to elaborate birdhouses. These not only feed the birds, but may also be part of your garden décor .

If you want to attract different kinds of birds in your garden, it will help if you put up a variety of feeders. Birds are usually particular about the type of food they eat and the type of feeder they will visit. An assortment of different feeders placed at various heights will mimic the way these wild birds feed in the wild.

How to Choose a Bird Feeder

The choice of feeder depends to a great extent on the kind of birds you want to attract and also the food you choose to use. For instance, if you want to use suet cakes, which consist of blocks of fat and seed, these cannot flow through tubes, and are instead best secured behind a wire mesh. This also requires regular cleaning and maintenance, which can be discouraging to some prospective buyers. A better choice for many is loose birdseed, which flows easily and is low-maintenance.

Here are the basic types of bird feeder:

  • Ground Feeders. These types of feeders are placed close to the ground. They attract birds that look for their meals at or near ground levels such as robins, juncos, mourning doves and sparrows.
  • Nectar Feeders. These feeders have specially designed ports for nectar, a liquid produced by plants rich in sugar. You can mix water with sugar on this type of feeder. These attract hummingbirds and orioles.
  • Hopper Feeders. Usually covered but with the sides clear so one can see the seed level, this feeder has a tray or perch that is big enough to accommodate even large birds. This will attract doves, jays, cardinals, chickadees, finches and more.
  • Suet Feeders. These feeders are made specifically for birds that cling on tree trunks to feed. These feeders are small and cage-like, where birds need to cling to feed. Suet is a high-fat food, made in the form of seed cakes that attract titmice, jays, chickadees, wrens and more.
  • Tube Feeders. These feeders boast cylindrical tubes with built-in seed ports that dispense a little bit of seed at a time. Since there are several ports available to feed in, many birds can feed at once. However, these types of feeders may discourage large birds that cannot land on a small perch.
  • Platform Feeders. These are open in design so birds can easily get in and out of the feeder; larger birds are also welcome to feed here. Platform feeders attract jays, sparrows, doves, and more.

What to Look for in a Bird Feeder

In general, birds are encouraged to return to your bird feeding station if you have a source of fresh water for the birds to drink and bathe, plenty of places to nest and hide, and a variety of quality food to eat.

While looking for a bird feeder to purchase or build on your own, consider the following guidelines to help make your choice easier:

  • For your convenience, the bird feeder should be easy to fill, empty and clean.
  • Plastic feeders should be reinforced with metal around the feeding ports to deter squirrels.
  • Ideally, perches should be made of metal or replaceable dowels.
  • A wooden feeder is easy to maintain and work with. It also doesn’t radiate heat as much as metals and some plastics.
  • Wooden parts of feeders should be made of weather-resistant cedar or stained or painted to protect it from moisture.
  • If possible, add a water source for the birds to drink and bathe on. Not only will this be beneficial to the birds, but it will also attract more birds to visit your feeding station.
  • You may also add some nest boxes or bird houses to encourage birds to stay and raise their families near your home.
  • It is important to situate feeding areas away from places where cats and other bird predators can reach them.
  • Place feeders away from windows, or at least 3 feet below them in order to reduce the risk of bird collision.

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Product

Price

Rating

 Copper Panorama Bird Feeder $$$ 4.0 / 5
 Brome 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard Wild Bird Feeder $$ 4.4
 Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder  $$$ 5
 Perky Pet Squirrel-be-gone Wild Bird Feeder $$ 2
   No/No C00322 Red Cardinal Feeder $$ 4.1
Large Window Bird Feeder $$ 4.9
   Crystal Clear Bird Feeder $  4.6
   First Nature 3091 16-Ounce Hummingbird Flower Feeder $  4.4
   Brome 1055 Squirrel Buster Mini $$ 4.5
   Perky-Pet 305 Holly Berry Gilded Chalet Wild Bird Feeder $ 4.2

Perky-Pet Copper Panorama Bird Feeder 312C

For bird lovers, people looking to attract more wild birds into their gardens, and people who just want to keep old bird visitors happy, the Perky-Pet Copper Panorama Bird Feeder is designed to dispense seeds to keep its tray constantly full without spillage.

Features of the Perky-Pet Copper Panorama Bird Feeder 312C:

This wild bird feeder can also be added to your garden décor . With its elegant copper finish design, it will seamlessly blend into your garden design.

  • Copper Finish. This cylindrically shaped bird feeder has its lid and base made of metal with a striking copper finish. The seeds are neatly held within a clear plastic tube.
  • Circular perch that goes around the base allows birds to perch and feed at the same time. It also gives the birds a number of access points for feeding.
  • Clear plastic canister allows you to see the seed level easily with just one
  • Shallow tray at the bottom of the bird feeder ensures that seeds are always fresh and that no seed lingers on the tray and goes bad.
  • No spillage and waste of seeds are guaranteed with its mechanism that halts the dispensing of seeds when the tray is full.
  • 2 pounds of varying kinds of birdseed can be stored in this bird feeder.
  • SureLock cap system prevents squirrels from gaining access into the seeds. Its patented system locks the cover in place when closed.

Pros

  • The circular perch design allows birds to feed at the same time with many access points for feeding.
  • The SureLock cap system prevents squirrels from getting into the fresh seed stash meant for the birds.
  • The design in which the seeds are taken from the bottom of the canister ensures that the seeds are always fresh, and that older seeds placed inside the canister will always be dispensed first and will not mix with the newer ones at the top.
  • Seeds are not wasted since the amount of seeds dispensed is just enough to keep the tray constantly full.

Cons

  • Metal rusts after some time.
  • Large birds may not be attracted to feed since the perch is closely situated at the tray which may be suitable for small birds only.

Verdict

The Perky-Pet Copper Panorama Bird Feeder 312C circular perch design is a good feature for attracting birds to eat together. This is a bird feeder worth considering if you are looking for an affordable piece of garden décor  to attract birds in your place.

Brome 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard Wild Bird Feeder

For bothersome squirrels that have a tendency to take over bird feeders, the Brome 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard Wild Bird Feeder can actually help you limit squirrel interference,with its squirrel-proof features guaranteed to dissuade unwelcome visitors.

Features of the Brome 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard Wild Bird Feeder:

An excellent bird feeder to keep squirrels away, this feeder features a weight-based mechanism that closes access to the seed ports when a squirrel climbs on the feeder.

  • Seed Tube Ventilation System. Unlike traditional transparent seed tubes that trap solar energy and block the escape of heated air, this feeder’s ventilation system permits humidity and warm air to escape through vents at the top of the feeder. Fresh air then enters the tube through the seed ports located at the bottom of the tube.
  • Weight adjustable closing mechanism. Openings at the bottom section of the metal mesh shroud that aligns with the seed tray allow access for birds to feed on the seeds. However, when a squirrel or some large bird climbs onto the feeder, the weight triggers the shroud down and closes the access to the seed. This mechanism blocks unwanted visitors from gaining access to the birdseed without harming them.
  • Negative Grip Tube. Aside from the weight-based closing mechanism to deter squirrels, the Brome 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard Wild Bird Feeder also features a negative grip tube that prevents the squirrels from grabbing the wire hanger with their hind legs to defeat the closing mechanism by hanging down alongside the feeder.
  • RoxResin Components. RoxResin ensures that the bird feeder stays waterproof, rustproof, dishwasher safe and UV staabilized. With RoxResin components, the colors are blended into the material itself, thus showing little sign of wear and tear even after prolonged exposure to the elements and squirrels.
  • Can hold up to 3/4 quart (1.5 pounds) of birdseed.
  • Removable perches and clinging footholds. This bird feeder can also accommodate clingers with the wire mesh it comes with. Removable perches are also provided for perching birds.

Pros

  • The squirrel-proof mechanism is effective in preventing squirrels from gaining access to the birdseed without actually harming them.
  • The RoxResin components ensure a longer-lasting bird feeder highly resistant to changing weather and animal damage.
  • Ventilation ports keep the seeds dry and fresh even during extreme conditions, thus providing a valuable food source for birds all year long.
  • Also accommodates clinging birds.

Cons

  • A minor complaint from some users is its relatively small capacity to hold seeds – 3/4 quart of seeds (1.5 pounds).

Verdict

The Brome 1057 Squirrel Buster Standard Wild Bird Feeder offers features that are very useful for bird feeding. According to people who reviewed this product, the ventilation works well and the squirrel-proof mechanism is also effective. Thus, you get the added value for your money.

Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Perch Ring

The Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Perch Ring is equipped with the patented squirrel buster technology that keeps squirrels at bay while attracting birds.

Features of the Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Perch Ring:

Designed to attract cardinals specifically. It has a posi-grip ring system to attract these perennial favorites known to have small necks and big feet.

  • Weight-based closing mechanism. The feeder’s weight-based closing system is set to a default setting of 4 ounces which is the approximate weight of a small squirrel. Its openings located at the bottom of the feeder align with seed ports to provide access to feeding birds. The closing mechanism is triggered when a squirrel climbs onto the feeder forcing the shroud to go down, closing the seed ports.
  • Removable Cardinal Perch Ring. The feeder’s posi-grip system has been designed specifically to attract cardinals. Cardinals are known to prefer a thick perch and face their food directly. Thick perches and textured surfaces provide a secure and comfortable grip for birds. Perches can be shortened to attract small birds, such as chickadees and finches, while deterring larger birds, such as grackles and starlings. Perches can also be extended just enough to attract medium-sized birds.
  • RoxResin Components. RoxResin ensures that the bird feeder stays waterproof, rustproof, dishwasher safe and UV stabilized. With RoxResin components, the colors are blended into the material itself, thus showing little sign of wear and tear even after prolonged exposure to the elements and squirrels.
  • Unique Ventilation System. This feeder is unlike other clear bird feeders that act like a greenhouse and trap the sun’s warmth, creating ideal conditions for moist air to make the seed become damp and decay. Instead, the Brome 1024 Squirrel Buster Plus Wild Bird Feeder with Cardinal Perch Ring has a ventilation system that allows warm air to rise and escape from the top, being replaced with cooler air at the bottom, which in turn keeps seeds fresh.
  • Seed capacity: 3 quarts (6 pounds)

Pros

  • Completely squirrel-proof.
  • Large seed capacity.
  • Effective weight-adjustable squirrel proof mechanism.
  • Seeds are kept fresh longer because of the unique ventilation system.
  • Optional cardinal perch ring for attracting cardinals.

Cons

  • No mesh wire to accommodate clinging birds like the other Brome Bird Feeders.
  • According to some users, they have noted that some birds had trouble getting used to feeding with it because they have to put their heads inside the hole to feed.

Verdict

Although on the more expensive end of bird feeder, with the features it offers, this product is priced reasonably if you want to have a feeder to use for a long time. It also has durable components made to endure harsh weather conditions and repeated animal damage.

Perky-Pet 336 Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder

The rustic treatment of the metal work makes for a classic yet elegant look of this feeder. It is also designed with ornamental leaves that are more than just for decorative purposes. The leaves are made to cover the seed ports when the weight-based closing mechanism is triggered.

Features of the Perky-Pet 336 Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder:

This feeder’s six seed ports dispenses birdseed while its U-shaped metal perch allows birds to comfortably perch and feed.

  • Rustic finish. This feeder is powder-coated with a rustic finish design, making this an attractive and elegant addition to your garden décor aside from attracting birds to visit your garden. It’s also designed with ornamental leaves that are more than just for decorative purposes.
  • Weight-activated squirrel buster technology. The feeding ports have sturdy metal perches that allow birds to feed comfortably. When squirrels perch on them, their weight causes the entire metal casing to slip down and completely block the feeding ports, thus preventing the squirrels from gaining access to the birdseed.
  • Clear reservoir. The Perky-Pet 336 Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder also features a shatterproof plastic canister that makes it easy to check the seed level at a glance.
  • Adjustable weight spring. The tension of the trigger spring can be increased or decreased, depending on your preference. It is used to prevent nuisance birds such as grackles, blackbirds, or other animals from feeding.
  • 6 seed dispensing ports. These feeding ports have sturdy metal perches that allow a number of birds to have multiple access points to the seeds inside the feeder and feed comfortably at the same time.
  • The Perky-Pet 336 Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder can hold up to 2 pounds of a variety of black oil sunflower seeds, peanuts or mixed seeds.

Pros

  • According to users, this bird feeder is easy to fill and use.
  • It has a weight-activated cage that blocks access to seed ports under a squirrel’s weight.
  • Its squirrel-proof mechanism is humane to squirrels and other unwanted visitors, unlike other bird feeders that direct some physical harm to squirrels.
  • The powder coated rustic finish design is elegant and stylish, and can fit easily into any garden design.

Cons

  • The metal is only powder-coated which may eventually rust after sometime.
  • Some people who reviewed this product have observed that the springs are not so durable and can be broken easily by animal damage.
  • Some users have also experienced some instances when the ornamental leaves that cover the port holes were bent by squirrels that chewed the holes to make them bigger.
  • According to some reviews, cleaning the bottom of the of the feeder is also hard, and the ventilation system needs constant cleaning to prevent moisture from collecting inside.

Verdict

If you are new to bird feeding, you may consider starting with the Perky-Pet 336 Squirrel-Be-Gone Wild Bird Feeder. It is an affordable yet effective bird feeder that will attract a variety of birds in your garden as well as adding a rustic touch.