Hey there, bird lover! Did you spot any of your favorite feathered creatures today? We know how hard and unpredictable bird watching can be. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area that is home to different bird species, installing a feeder will surely bring more of them to your yard and keep them well fed even in cold winter months. What if you’re still not sure what kind of bird feeder to get and where to place it? We’ll help you with information on the types of bird feeders available, as well as how to make sure they are the only ones with access to the food.
In case you didn’t know this, different bird species actually prefer sourcing their food (in this case seeds) from different levels – either on or at various heights above the ground.
Bird feeder types
There are several types of bird feeders designs available. Generally speaking, a bird feeder must:
- attract different species of birds
- protect bird food against the elements
- be easy to clean and assemble
Here are the different types:
- hopper feeders: protects seed left for birds, but also attracts squirrels who can easily access bird food if there’s no added precaution to keep them out of the feeder
- tray/platform feeders: attracts the largest variety of birds, but with minimal protection. Be sure to clean out the feeder regularly to prevent unsanitary conditions
- window feeders: attached to glass windows using a suction cup, this type of feeder is easy to remove and clean
- tube feeders: there are different designs available for this type of feeder with perches above or below feeding ports (to attract birds who feed regularly or upside down). As with all feeders, there’s also a considerable risk of soiling some of the seed
Bird-friendly and squirrel-free feeder
Fortunately for you, you’re not the only one trying to keep squirrels away from their bird feeder. Models that are specifically designed to keep squirrels out usually do so by employing a system designed to measure their weight. Because squirrels are heavier than backyard birds, the systems are built in a way they allow free access to the food for birds and make it impossible for squirrels to freeload.
A bird feeder will attract birds to your backyard for sure. A squirrel proof one will keep them there, making birdwatching exciting for you and feeding a treasured time for birds surviving in the winter.
VIVOHOME Squirrel Proof Acrylic Window Feeder
Features: high-quality, durable acrylic construction suitable for birdwatching, 3 suction cups, detachable feed tray for easy cleaning and refill
Squirrel Buster Squirrel-Proof Combo Bird Feeder
Features: weight-adjustable mechanism that lets you customize what birds you feed and keep squirrels out, holds 2 5×5 suet cakes
Woodlink Absolute II Squirrel Resistant Bird Feeder Model 7536
Features: adjustable weight setting for choosing what types of birds you feed, 2 gallon capacity, access to seed closes automatically when squirrel’s weight is detected