How To Attract Birds To A Bird FeederBird feeders provide a constant supply of food to birds that might visit your garden. Bird feeders are especially beneficial to adult birds who have nestlings, providing food for these birds means they can spend less time foraging and use their energy to care for their young. Bird feeders can help to attract smaller birds to your garden, the holes and the design of most bird feeders are too small for larger birds such as pigeons, magpies and even squirrels to access.
Birds are a very cautious species, as a prey animal they are vulnerable to potential attack and are always on the lookout. Providing a safe place for birds to feed will help attract more birds and a wider variety of species to your garden. Don’t be surprised if birds scope out your new bird feeder for a few days when it is first added to the garden, before deciding to feed. This is natural behaviour which protects birds from potential danger, be patient with the wild birds and give them time and space to find the source of food you have provided.
Feeder VisibilityBirds use their sight to find their meals, make sure that your bird feeder can be seen by the local birds in your garden by placing it in a prominent position. However, it’s also important to locate your bird feeder near a small tree or bush so that birds feel safe and have a quick escape route. Sprinkling seeds on top or near to your bird feeder may increase the chances of birds noticing the food available, we suggest scattering food around your feeder when it is first placed in your garden or outdoor space.
Bird Feeder FoodKeeping bird food fresh will help attract more birds to your bird feeder. Food that has gone mouldy can be dangerous to your local bird population. We recommend regularly checking the food in your bird feeder and changing the food if you find it has become wet, clumped together or mould is starting to form. It’s important to use the correct bird food, this will differ based on the type of bird feeder you have purchased. Many bird feeders require specific sized seed or seed mixes. Using the wrong sized bird food can make It difficult for the bird to access the feed or result in excess mess. We have a number of Bird Seed Feeders and Peanut Bird Feeders available to purchase online as well as a great selection of wild bird food.
Birds do have a preference on the type of food they like to eat, providing a mix of food in your garden is a great way to find out which food your local population of birds prefer. Using a combination of a bird feeder, bird table and hanging fat balls you can discover your wild birds favourite food. If you’re just starting out and want to provide wild birds with a good source of food, we recommend purchasing a high-quality seed mix.