Setting up bird feeders in your yard is a great way to enjoy wildlife and takes just a few simple steps. If you’re having trouble attracting birds to your yard it might be a problem with the feeder’s placement, the kind of food you put out, or the predators in your area. Check out some of these points below, and you’ll have a yard full of flighted beauties before you know it!
Start by determining which birds are common in your area. In Central Minnesota, some common backyard birds include chickadees, robins, goldfinches, nuthatches, and sparrows. If, for instance, you’ve seen a pair of cardinals or orioles around your yard and you’d like to attract them, first determine which food and feeders would be best to attract that specific bird. If you’re looking to welcome all types of backyard birds, a wild bird seed mix is a good choice. During the winter, you might want to switch to a suet cage. Your birds will appreciate the added calories when the weather turns cold.
While certain birds prefer eating from specific bird feeders (like hummingbirds) most birds will be attracted to a feeder that makes them feel safe. As Yardenvy.com explains, birds enjoy cover and shelter to help them feel protected from predators. As for the feeder setup, a shepard’s hook is a great option to keep the feeder free of squirrels. they also give you the option to place them anywhere in your yard.
Your first instinct on where to put your feeder might be somewhere near your line of sight. Keep in mind, however, that even though it might be the best placement for you to observe wild birds, they might not be so inclined to visit if they don’t feel comfortable.
When hanging your bird feeders, avoid open, noisy areas. You also want to place your bird feeders far enough away from any place a squirrel or cat can jump from. Ideally, hang your bird feeders at eye level or higher. If birds are in contestant fear of predators, they’ll find a different place to eat.
You also want to make sure your birds are safe from window collisions. Birds are safer when a feeder is closer to a window because if they take off and hit the window by accident, they won’t yet be flying at top speed. Likewise, they’ll be slowing to land on the feeder, so an impact on an improperly-judged landing won’t be as dangerous. You should either place your feeder within 3 feet of a window or at least 30 feet away.
Mimbach Fleet supplies wild bird seed from Wild Delight and C and S, so whether you’re looking to fill your feeders will suet or seed, you’ll find it right in your neighborhood.