Types of Feeders
Platform (Tray) Feeder
Hopper (House) Feeder
Nyjer (or Thistle) Feeders
Photo courtesy of Cassidy Garcia, used with permission.
Wait, Don't Windows Kill Birds?
Yes, windows kill birds. However, window feeders are believed to actually reduce collisions since they break up the surface of the window, according the Cornell Lab. Additionally, birds are decelerating to land, not accelerating. If you’re still concerned about the risk, visit our Window Solutions page (here).
Homemade Sugar Water
Invasive Species Alert! House Sparrows and European Starlings are both invasive species in the United States. These species take over resources and habitats used by native birds, ultimately hurting them. Before you make a birdhouse or set out bird feed, make sure that they won’t help invasive species. (For example, starlings cannot fit through certain sized holes in birdhouses and prefer certain bird feeds). If you live outside the US, check with your local bird organization to see if your area has any invasive birds.
Where Do I Put My Birdfeeder?
Courtesy of Wild Birds Unlimited, Ottawa. Used with permission.
Windows are closer than 3 ft or farther than 30 ft
Shelter is approximately 10 ft away
Step One: Start with the twine. At one end of the pinecone, loop the twine in between the rows, 2-3 rows from the end of the pinecone. Then tie the loop around the pinecone with a secure knot. Leave the other end of the twine untouched.
Step Two: Use your knife to spread peanut butter across the pine cone. Fill in gaps by pressing peanut butter in between the scales; if the peanut butter is difficult to work with, heat it slightly in a microwave. Peanut butter can be applied either thinly or thickly.
Step Three: After the pine cone is covered in peanut butter, put some bird seed in a bowl. Roll the pinecone in the bird seed, manually putting bird seed in any gaps. Press somewhat firmly to ensure that the bird seed will not fall off.
Step Four: Tie the other end of the twine in a loop. Then hang the pinecone from a tree—if you set it on a tree trunk or log, squirrels will be apt to eat it. Or, instead of making a loop, you could simply tie the end of the twine to a branch.
Common Species and Their Preferences
(Canada and U.S)