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Bird Feeders Add A Special Touch To A Garden

Bird feeders can add so much to a garden area. There are a variety of feeders available today. There is also a variety of food to purchase for the different feeders.

Feeders can go anywhere in a landscape area. Many birds are attracted to scent and colors. Having a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers will attract different species to your gardens. You can incorporate anywhere from three to five feeders in a large garden, and one to three in a small garden.

There are thousands of different species of birds around the globe. They are warm blooded animals and can have a body temperature of 99.9°F (37°C) to 112.3°F (44.6°C). Their temperature will depend on the specie. Many of the species will survive on nature to eat. They feast on insects, small animals, berries and other parts of a plant specimen.

One of the first things you can do if you are interested in putting a bird feeder or two in your garden, is to know what birds are in your area year around. Many species will migrate to different regions throughout the changes of the seasons. Know which ones come to your area.

Once you have an idea of what species live in your area or will come for a brief stay, you can look into the different food and feeders. You can match the color of the feeders with other outdoor features. Many look decorative, and there are a variety of styles of poles.


Small Decorative Feeder

Small Bird Feeder

Family Feeder

Open Bird Feeder

Protected Feeder

Protected Bird Feeder

The two bird feeders above are open, and are hung off of poles. You can use a variety of different food. Herbee or I will use a seed mixture in the feeders that will attract a variety of specimens. A few that come to this type of open feeder are the Carolina Wren, House Finch, Eastern Towhee, and in the summer the Indigo Bunting.

Herbee calls the third photo, the protected feeder. This style is great in a variety of climates that receive a lot of snow or rain. The top protects the food. I usually fill this feeder with black sunflower seeds. The black sunflower is a favorite to a lot of different species, including Cardinals, American Goldfinch and House Finch.


See Through Feeder

See Through Bird Feeder

Community Feeders



Multi Bird Feeders

Perch Feeder

Perch Bird Feeder

The see through feeder allows you to know how much food is left. It's great for any area of your outdoors. We enjoy this variety close to the house.

The next photo is a few of the bird feeders in one area. The great thing about doing something like this is you will get a wide variety of species and they will all feast at different times of the day. In the early morning and before dust, these feeders can have up to forty species eating away. Herbee refer to this area as fast food delight.

The third photo is considered a perch feeder. A variety of different birds will eat here. Putting thistle food in this feeder attracts different Finch species.


Suet Feeder

Suet Feeder

Thistle Feeder

Thistle Bird Feeder

Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbird Feeder

Woodpeckers, Blue Jays and other small birds love suet food. You can purchase a suet cage and the suet food comes in a block form. We have a variety of woodpeckers living in the the upstate of South Carolina.

The Blue Jays always make their presence known as they have a very loud voice. They can be seen three to four times daily eating away at the suet food.

One of the problems we have with suet feeders is that crows and nocturnal animals get into the food, causing the suet to be replaced more often. We guess they have a right also to take in the nutrition and flavor.

The other is a great feeder to hang off a large tree. Use thistle food in it.

The Hummingbird is one of Herbee and my favorite birds. This specie loves the color red, and putting a few feeders near an ornamental red flowering shrub or red flowers will help attract this specimen.

In late March the feeders are put out in my area, and by April the male makes its springtime journey from Florida, Mexico and Central America. The female will follow a few days later. In April and May the Hummingbird will migrate to the northern part of the United States.

They are fascinating to watch as they are the only specie to fly backwards. Hummingbird food consists of sweet nectar. You can also use colored sugar water, but they do prefer the nectar.

One of the problems that can arise with hummingbird feeders are ants. You can put petroleum jelly on the pole, and I am experimenting with an ant trap this year. You can see the ant trap in both of these pictures.


As you can see, some of the bird feeders have been used daily and are nothing fancy. The birds are here year around. You can place some colorful shrubs, flowers, and bird baths in a small area. You can get hours of enjoyment watching our fine feathered friends. Enjoy the world of nature with these special creatures.


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