#2 put out backyard bird feeders
Feeding Wild Birds
Feeding the wild birds is another way of how to attract birds.
The birds don't care if the feeders are simple or fancy. They are just looking for the food.
We normally fill our bird feeders with bird seed. But here are other types of food for your backyard bird feeders.
Sunflower seeds are great for attracting birds.
Cardinals, Chickadees and Tufted Titmice and even Red-bellied Woodpeckers come for sunflower seeds.
Titmice and Chickadees take one seed, go to a perch and beat it open,
eat it and then come for another seed.
I've seen Cardinals hanging over the side of Sunflower's head to pull out seeds.
Gold Finches eat the seeds of Coneflowers. So plant some Daisy Flowers for the birds.
Black Thistle Seeds
Gold Finches Eating
We have so many finches that come to Florida during the winter, we didn't have to wonder how to attract birds?
Instead we wondered how to feed all the birds? We put out black thistle seeds in another bird feeder.
are special bird feeders for black thistle seed. They normally are
plastic tubes with small openings for the birds to eat the seeds.
brother made a black thistle seed feeder out of florescent light
plastic cover with colored perches in it. It was eight feet long and there was plenty of seed for feeding the wild birds..
You can also use a thistle sock feeder like in the photo.
Want to know how to attract birds in the winter?
People who live up north give the birds extra fat in their food to keep them warm during the cold weather.
Be sure and protect suet for the birds, so the larger backyard critters don't eat it all gone.
This Hairy Woodpecker is getting his share.
Birds will eat Suet all year round.
So its great for attracting the birds during the summer, also.
Waxwings Like Berries
Plants that make berries or produce
an abundance of seeds are great for attracting birds.
Waxwings, Catbirds, and Mockingbirds are especially fond of berries, even Robins
Raccoons like berries, also.