How to attract birds to feeder

New bird feeder designs – Break thru for attracting birds to feeders!

After many years of research and observation of wild birds and their feeding tendencies on and around feeders, we have created a number of cutting edge new bird feeder designs (that we call vertical bird feeders) based on several break thru discoveries on how to attract birds to a feeder.  These bird feeder designs have many new and proven bird attracting qualities that will absolutely attract more birds to a feeder (and more varieties of birds) than any other feeders.  Read on to learn some simple techniques you can use to increase the bird activity on and around new feeders, and later in this article we’ll talk more about vertical feeders and why they are so effective for attracting birds to feeders.

Top 4 tips and techniques for how to attract birds to a new feeder

Choosing the best feeder type / features for attracting birds

Feeders come in all different sizes, shapes, styles, colors, and compositions.  Additionally, different types and styles of feeders will attract (or may even discourage) specific birds.  If you want your new feeder to have the best possible chance of attracting the widest variety of birds, and more birds at the same time, here’s the main features to consider for your new feeder:

  • total feeding area – the amount of surface area the feeder has.  Is bigger better?  Well, the answer to this question is ‘it depends’.  While a bigger feeder will be easier for birds to see and find, and store more food, it may not be the best choice for attracting birds – here’s why.  Most birds like to feed by themselves.  If while they are feeding they see another bird attempting to land on the feeder, they will almost always either chase the other bird away (if they are dominant), or fly away themselves (if they feel subordinate).  Therefore, a big open style feeder (like a fly through feeder or a tray feeder) will normally only attract one bird at a time to feed.  Only if a bigger feeder has isolated and hidden feeding areas, where birds can’t see one another will it be better for attracting more birds to feed.  The best large feeders for providing isolated and more hidden feeding areas would be tall multi level and multi sided feeders, where a feeding bird on one level (or side) can’t see birds on another level or side of the feeder.
  • feeder composition – what material(s) the feeder is made from.  All of our research has indicated that the most natural looking feeders get the greatest amount of bird activity and visits.  Feeders made of wood are much more attractive to birds than those made of plastic, and birds are more comfortable and relaxed feeding around natural eco-friendly feeders.  Plus, feeders made of wood (which have neutral and natural coloring), blend in with the natural surroundings of a birds habitat.
  • feeder presentation and placement – how and where a feeder is presented is an important part of how to attract birds to a feeder.  Birds like to feed in quiet secluded places near trees and bushes.  Placing a feeder in a wide open spot, is a poor choice for attracting birds to it.  A better option is to place a feeder in a secluded corner of your property where it is quieter and closer to trees (the birds natural living quarters).  Birds will be much more attracted to a feeder placed in the quiet secluded location than a wide open spot.  Take notice though that placing a feeder too close to trees and bushes is not a good idea, because squirrels will be able to jump from the trees and raid the feeder.  Always try to maintain about a 10 – 12 foot buffer area around where your feeder is located and the nearest tree.

Food access, visibility, and variety are keys to attracting birds to a new feeder

How and what food a feeder offers, displays, and dispenses are all very important keys for how to attract birds to a new feeder.

  • A good feeder will have perches that are large enough to attract large birds and smaller birdsfood accessibility – the ease with which birds are able to get to the food contained within a feeder and actually eat it.  Does the feeder have adequate perches for the birds to comfortably and easily land on and rest on the feeder while feeding?  Are the openings where the food is dispensed large enough and easy for the birds to obtain the food and ultimately feed?  It only stands to reason that if the food contained within a feeder is easy to obtain, birds will be attracted to it because it offers them quick and easy access to nourishment they require for daily sustenance.  Larger perches on a feeder will allow and encourage larger birds (as well as small birds) to comfortably land on and rest on a feeder, thus inviting them to feed and forage.  Conversely, a feeder with small perches will discourage larger birds from accessing the food, and only attract smaller birds.  Therefore, a feeder with more and larger perches and openings to access the food will get a lot more traffic and activity than a feeder with small perches and openings, because it will attract birds of all sizes (large and small).
  • By increasing the size of the perches on a new feeder, you will increase the amount of birds attracted to the feederfood visibility and storage – is the food within the feeder easy to see.  When birds move and fly around searching for food, they use their site and visibility to locate food (birds don’t have a sense of smell).  Therefore, birds are attracted to a feeder based on what they see.  If the food contained within a feeder is visible, birds will be attracted to it because they can see it.  Furthermore, the more clearly visible the food is, the greater the distance away from a feeder a bird can be and still see the food, and thus the greater the probability you have of attracting birds to feeders.  Interestingly, other birds will attract birds to a feeder too.  What this means is that as birds are flying around searching for food, they will see and take notice of locations where other birds are feeding in the area, and be attracted to the same location.   So, making the food clearly visible in a feeder attracts birds to the feeder, and then those birds feeding on the feeder will attract other birds to the feeder, etc., etc.  The best way to make the food within a feeder clearly visible is to use a feeder where the food is stored in see thru enclosures like plexiglass, wire mesh, or a clear plastic cup, an open hole, or tray. And, the more food a feeder is capable of visibly storing, the better the chances are of attracting birds to it.
  • Feeders offering suet will receive frequent visits and activity from a wide variety of different birdstypes of food – different foods attract different birds.  There are many different foods that can be used for how to attract birds to a feeder – black oil sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, thistle, millet, peanuts and other nuts, suet, fruit, mealworms, and seed / fruit / nut mixtures.  The problem is one particular bird may be attracted to one food (peanuts), but not another food (safflower seeds), and a different bird may be attracted to safflower seeds but not peanuts.  So, what food is best for how to attract birds to a feeder?  In our experience, suet mixed with seeds, fruit, and nuts is the best food for attracting birds to feeders because the widest variety of birds will feed and forage on it.  And when combined with the right feeder, like our pileated woodpecker feeder, a suet mixture will attract so many birds at once it’s incredible.  Another great way of attracting birds to a feeder, is by using a feeder that is capable of offering a variety of foods for birds to eat, like a feeder that offers suet cakes and black oil sunflower seeds at the same time from different compartments and locations on the feeder.  Remember, the more variety of food at a feeder, the more varieties of birds will be attracted to it.

Water sources for how to attract birds to your feeder

Providing a water source for birds to drink and bathe that is near food is another excellent way for how to attract birds to your feeder.  Bird baths are a good way of providing a water source for birds.  Many birds enjoy drinking and bathing before and after feeding, so they will be much more attracted to a feeder that is near a water source.  Placing a bird bath within plain site of your feeder will greatly enhance the attractiveness for birds to feed their.

Providing cover and shelter near feeders to attract birds

Providing cover and shelter near a feeder is a great way of attracting more birds to a feederMost birds use thickets of scrub, foliage of trees, and dense vegetation growth for shelter and for resting places.  Having vegetation and foliage close by feeders offers birds nearby cover and will make them more comfortable while feeding, knowing shelter and security are a short distance away.  Therefore, planting just a few trees and bushes by a feeder is a great way to attract birds to a feeder.


Vertical bird feeders – why are they so effective for attracting birds?

Picture of a vertical feeder for attracting birdsA vertical bird feeder is a feeder for feeding wild birds that has multiple feeding levels and is built taller and more upright (vertical) giving it much more surface area, perches, feeding places, food visibility, and food storage capability than conventional platform, hopper, or tray style (horizontal – single level) feeders.  Let’s illustrate this with an example – our cutting edge best bird feeder for cardinals,  can store up to 10 pounds of food, provides clear visibility of the food, has 3 different feeding levels, and each feeding level has 4 perches to access the food – therefore this feeder has a total of 12 perches for feeding, and food visibility, while a conventional hopper style feeder has just one feeding level with 4 sides (perching areas).  This means that feeder has 3 times more feeding area (12 perching areas versus 4 and 3 levels versus 1 level), has much more food visibility, and is 3 times more likely to attract birds to feed from it!

The best way for how to attract birds to your feeder – use a vertical bird feeder

When birds can see the food contained within a feeder from a distance, you have a better chance of attracting more birds to a feederThe type of feeder you choose to use in your backyard can make all the difference in the world in how to attract birds to your feeder (in terms of numbers and varieties of wild birds).  From our research and observation, the best way to attract birds to a feeder is to use a feeder that is vertically taller / bigger, blends in with the natural surroundings (environmentally / eco – friendly) and thus looks more natural and more attractive to wild birds, holds and offers more food, is capable of offering different types and varieties of food, has more feeding area and perches for birds to access the food, and makes the food easily visible, so it is eye-catching and appealing (easier for wild birds to notice, locate, and find).  Therefore, the best feeders for attracting birds should incorporate all of these important bird attracting features and characteristics into them.  And that’s exactly what a specially designed vertical bird feeder does!