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Feeders & Houses: Feeders

In order to maximize the numbers and kinds of birds that are attracted to your backyard, it is a best to place feeders in all the feeding niches: ground level, eye level, tree hanging, and tree trunk. The feeders in each niche will attract different kinds of birds, though there is some overlap.

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Ground tray and tray on post

Northern Cardinals will generally feed only at feeders that have flat footing for them.

Hanging tube

Black-capped Chickadees, on the other hand, prefer to eat sunflower seeds from feeders with tiny perches. They will even hang upside-down on any kind of perch, wire or bag feeder.

Hopper on post

Again, Northern Cardinals will eat from a hopper feeder that has an edge wide enough for them to get good footing.

Caged suet holder

Woodpeckers eat suet from laminated cage-type feeders that hang on tree trunks.

Sugar water feeder

Hummingbirds, orioles and tanagers drink sugar water from orange- or red-colored hanging feeders placed at windows or from trees on patios.