Bird Feeders

Choose from different types of bird feeders and seed mixtures to attract more birds to your yard

Bird Feeders - Bird Feeders

Installing a bird feeder in your backyard is a great way to attract more birds. They are easy to set up, and with a little knowledge and planning, they can be used to drawn in your favorite types of birds.

This guide highlights the different types of bird feeders, along with information on their features and bird feeding tips.


There are generally five types of feeders: hopper, nectar, suet, tray and tube.  

  • Tray feeders allow for seed to be spread flat on a large surface for easy access.
  • Hoppers hold large quantities of seed for less frequent filling.
  • Tube feeders are usually plastic or glass with feeding ports and perches in varying sizes.
  • Suet feeders consist of a metal wire cage in which suet or suet mixture is placed.
  • Nectar feeders require regular cleaning to prevent fermentation of the sugar solution.
  • Most feeders use either wood, plastic, ceramic glass or metal materials.
  • Many offer feeding stations that accommodate several birds at one time and can be hung or mounted on a pole.
  • Consider feeders with suction cups that can be placed on any window to bring the birds closer for a better view.
  • Add a bee guard, which is a plastic screen placed on feeding ports of nectar feeders, to keep bees and insects away from the sugar solution.

Feeding Tips

Concentrate on feeder location, maintenance and seed mix to attract the most birds.  

  • Place feeders near shrubbery to create a safe haven for birds.
  • Clean feeders regularly to reduce the spread of disease.
  • Change old seed to keep it from becoming moldy or stale.
  • Place the feeder at least 5 feet high and 8 feet away from potential springboards such as tree trunks and limbs.
  • Supply birds with plenty of water for drinking and bathing.

Feeder Type Helpful Hints
  • Hopper
  • Fill with sunflower seeds to attract chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, American goldfinches, purple and house finches, pine siskins, grosbeaks and sparrows
  • Nectar
  • Fill with artificial nectar or sugar solution to attract hummingbirds and orioles
  • Suet
  • Fill with suet or suet mixture to attract woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, mockingbirds and jays
  • Tray
  • Fill with mixed seeds and cracked corn to attract cardinals, juncos, sparrows, mourning doves, pigeons, jays, crows, blackbirds and bobwhites
  • Tube
  • Fill with sunflower seeds to attract small birds like finches, chickadee, titmice and woodpeckers
  • Or fill with thistle to attract finches