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Bird Feeding throughout Late Winter

Farmington Hills, MI – January 14th, 2013  ( www.MichiganPR.net )

There are many varieties of bird feeders, including hoppers or house bird feeders, tube feeders, platform or tray feeders, hummingbird (a nectar type birdfeeder), fruit feeders, and others.

In general, seed feeders fall into one of three categorizations: hopper bird feeders or house feeders, tube bird feeders, or platform feeders.

Hopper Bird Feeders (also called House Feeders) have a platform which walls and a roof are built, forming a “hopper”. The hopper protects the bird seed against the wind, water and other elements. Hopper birdfeeders can be used to attract both small birds such as finches or large birds such as blue jays. With hopper bird feeders, be careful about regular cleaning. Not many hopper feeders do a good job of protecting seed from the rain, and the seed can become moldy. Most hopper type feeders hold a substantial amount of bird seed.

Tube birdfeeders are constructed with a hollow cylinder, and have multiple feeding ports and bird perches. Tube birdfeeders generally keep the seed fairly dry. Tube bird feeders with shorter perches can be used for smaller birds. A tube feeder with small perches can accommodate chickadees, but can exclude large birds such as jays.

Platform Feeders (also called Tray Feeders) consist of a tray that is open upon which the feed is placed. These birdfeeders offer little protection against squirrels or the weather. Some tube bird feeders give you the ability to attach a tray birdfeeder to it.

Hummingbird feeders are nectar feeders and they come in many different shapes and sizes. Hummingbird feeders are enclosed, many times made of glass or plastic, and often have 4 to 6 feeding ports. These ports are often surrounded with colorful plastic flowers and bee guards. The nectar solution that is used in hummingbird feeders can be homemade, using a ratio of 4 parts water to 1 part white sugar. Boil the water, stir in the sugar while hot, and don’t forget to allow it to cool before filling the hummingbird feeder. The humming birdfeeder should be washed at least once per week and any remaining nectar thrown out.

Fruit Feeders – Fruit bird feeders come in a variety of sizes and shapes. A commonly used fruit is the orange, which can be used to attract orioles and tanagers.

Other Feeders – Other feeders include squirrel proof feeders, suet feeders, novelty bird feeders, cedar feeders etc. Squirrel proof feeders are often variations of one of the feeder types listed above and can include a wire mesh, squirrel baffle, protective cage or a special squirrel guard. Suet birdfeeders often have a wire mesh cage that is used to hold a suet or a suet mixture. These feeders can be very useful for woodpeckers and cardinals.

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How Will Birds Find My Feeders?

Wild birds find food by sight.

Place feeders in easily seen areas. Be patient and the birds will come.

In order to have many birds on a frequent basis – it can take a year or two of continuous feeding, depending on your geographical area and the migration patterns of the birds.

Birds are constantly searching for food sources. If you don’t seem to be attracting birds, make sure you have the right food. If you purchase inexpensive mixes containing a lot of milo, millet and corn, you may not attract the more desirable songbirds.

If you have a good food available and still are not attracting birds, try tying a piece of tin foil on top of the feeder or purchasing a feeder with a bit of copper on it. A little glint from copper or foil will catch their eye.

Open water will sometimes attract birds more than a bird feeder.

Got Squirrels? Get the Flipper – an Innovative Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

The second a squirrel jumps on the Yankee Flipper’s perch, his weight activates a motor and the perch begins to spin.

Your squirrel quickly loses his grip—and whoops—off he goes!

The circular perch accommodates all birds, even cardinals. A power stick with nickel cadmium batteries and charger are included.

There are four feeding ports and it holds 5 pounds of seed.

The birdfeeder is 21 inches tall.

The squirrel proof feeder is an all time favorite and many of our customers hang it near a window so they can enjoy the fun all day long.

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Attract More Birds to Your Yard

Attracting birds, or more birds to your yard is really a simple task.  It sounds crazy, but you do not need a meticulously groomed yard.

First, you need good soil.  Add compost to all your plants when you plant and to your soil years after.  Good soil gives you good plants.  Good plants attract birds.  Good soil attracts earthworms.  We all know robins love earthworms.

Second, no more insect killer.  Pesticides will kill both bad pests and good insects.  Good insects are beneficial to a healthy garden.  They keep the populations in check, in addition to providing food for the insect lovings birds. Poisoned insects equals poisoned birds.

Third, provide water.  This can be done simply or you go all out.    You can use any type of shallow bowl, even a dog bowl.  Whether you use a bowl or fancy bird bath remember birds like low level water…no more than 2 – 3 inches deep.  Birds like to stand in the bath, so add a few rocks for some height. Remember to always have fresh water water.  If you can add a bubbler of some type the dripping water will attract more birds.  Also, don’t forget that water will freeze in the winter, so you need fresh water or a heater for your birdbath.

Finally, you need to feed the birds.  Bird feeders range from the simple to the decorative.   The elaborate are for decorating purposes as birds will eat seeds from a simple feeder just as well.

Summer is here.  Follow the steps above and then sit back and enjoy the birds.

Going Green with Bird Feeders

Everyone is concerned about the environment.  A great way to participate in  ”going green” is to purchased items made from recycled material.  Woodlink has a great line of Going Green Bird Feeders that will add a great earth-conscious aspect to your bird feeding.  All the Going Green Bird Feeders are made from recycled milk jugs and/or other 90% post consumer plastic  Do not think the bird feeders look like plastic!  The plastic is colored to blend in to your yard and most have a  faux wood grain look on the plastic which adds to the natural look.

The Going Green Recycled Plastic Ranch Bird Feederis a great bird feeder.  The green and brown feeder (faux brown wood)  has a classic shape for that traditional look.     Seed is protected from moisture by the roof.  A center hinge on the roof allows one side to open for filling or cleaning. The rectangular base and frame allows the food to be contained, with 1 quart of seed  held in the reservoir.  There are 2 feeding areas on either side of the base.  Seed levels can be monitored thorugh the clear plastic panels and also remove for a more thorough cleaning.  A cable is included to hang the feeder.  Dimensions: 10″L x 8″W x 8″H  Made in the USA.

 Also available are Going Green Suet Feeders, like the popular Going Green Bottom Style Suet Feeder.   Suet feeders help to attract only the desirable small clinging birds and keeps out the nuisance ones!  Again, this feeder is made from  90% recycled plastic. Plastic coated wire screen protects birds’ beaks when feeding. A cable is included to hang the feeder.  Dimensions: 10″ L x 8″ D x 4.5 “H

 Always remember to have fresh water available for the wild birds you feed.

Use the Going Green Bird Feeders for great bird feeders and help the environment at the same time.

Why Use a Window Birdfeeder?

What is the purpose of a window birdfeeder?  Well, they are a perfect way to enjoy birds up close!  This is great for small children (of course, they need to learn not to bang on the window), the elderly who can’t get out to  watch the birds in the yard and of course, anyone in the household that  just wants to enjoy the beauty of the birds from inside the home.  Did you know that window feeders are a great way to keep birds from colliding into the windows. The birds will see the feeder and slow down to land on it.

 Window birdfeeders are  lightweight stick to windows with suction cups that are attached to the feeder. A favorite of  mine is the  Aspects Window Cafe. It is completely clear so you can see the seed level easily and has a  clear roof to that serves to  protect the birds and the seeds from the rain.  There is a clear removable seed reservoir tray for the birds to feast on the seeds.   All Aspects Window Feeders feature patented easily removable seed trays for easy filling and cleaning.  The 3/4 quart capacity means less time between filling the feeder.

The Aspects Window Cafe is made of quality construction. It is constructed entirely of virtually unbreakable UV stabilized polycarbonate. In addition, the manufacturer offers a limited lifetime warranty.

In addition to the Aspects Window Cafe, there are many other window bird feeders to chose.  A window bird feeder is the perfect feeder for anyone who wants to get close to the birds in their yard, while in the comfort of your home.

 

American Goldfinches and Brown Finches

Did you know that Brown finches that turn yellow are American Goldfinches?

These 4-5 inch long birds, with a wingspan of 7-9 inches, change from having dull winter feathers to brilliant breeding plumage in the spring. American Goldfinches are unique in that all four subspecies molt in both spring and fall.

Goldfinches love to eat Thistle from a birdfeeder like the Thistle Nyjer Haven pictured to the right.

In September, following the breeding season, American Goldfinches shed their feathers completely. Males lose their canary plumage, and their black wings and tails, marked with white bars, turn dull black, with buff-colored bars. They regrow dull, medium-brown or tan body feathers with an olive tinge and some yellow at the shoulders and face. They will lose their black caps completely.

In spring, American Goldfinch males transform into breeding birds with brilliant lemon yellow feathers.

Their bright white rumps, contrasting with their bright black and white wings and tails, are visible in flight. Males grow black caps as they adopt plumage designed to attract a female. Even their bills change from black to a brilliant orange for the breeding season of July to September.

Females are a dull yellow-brown shade all year, though their plumage does turn slightly more yellow after the spring shed.

Sweet Suet: Fattening Up the Wild Birds

Don’t stop the suet feeding just yet. Those little songful beauties have just traveled thousands of miles to land in your backyard and need some fattening up!

Many wild bird lovers will offer suet during the winter months and then move to seeds and nuts in the summer.  It’s a good idea to wait until the June timeframe to switch UNLESS you are in a very warm climate that would be likely to melt the suet.  Even then, there are many no-melt brands of suet that may be perfect for your situation.

Traveling great distances to reach their breeding grounds, wild birds use alot of calories.  Nest building, breeding, defending territories and raising young requires a lot of energy and suet provides the much needed energy-rich nutrition.

So hang on a couple more months and buy a couple extra suet cakes to help them along after their long, long journey!

Cardinal Feeder – Enjoy your Cardinals up Close and Personal

Northern Cardinals are a medium-sized songbird with short, rounded wings.

They are about 9 inches in length, they have  a long tail, a heavy conical bill, and a crest. They are beautiful birds and most birdwatchers love to have them come to their feeders.

ABOUT THE MALE CARDINAL

Males are nearly all brilliant red.  The coral red bill is surrounded by a mask of black that extends to a dark eye and includes the chin and throat. Legs and feet are dark red.

ABOUT THE FEMALE CARDINAL

The female is soft grayish brown on the back with variable areas of red on the tail, crest, and wings.  The underparts are a warm pinkish brown.  A female Cardinal’s coral red bill is also surrounded by darker but not black feathers, so her mask is not as distinct as the male’s.

Females are slightly smaller than males.

The adult Cardinal food consist of insects, spiders, wild fruits, berries, and weed seeds. Preferring to perch while feeding at bird feeders, the ideal cardinal bird feeder is the hopper style and the window hopper pictured to the right is the perfect feeder for Cardinals.

Two seed types that these birds like are, Black-oil sunflower seed and safflower seed.

 

Warm Nights = Windows Open = Sound of Birds in the Morning

It has been unseasonably warm across much of the United States and that trend is no different where we live.

RachelsRobin.com is headquartered near the Detroit area. The last few days have reached mid to upper 70′s and the nights are not that much cooler, a great time to open the windows for a cool breeze at night.

Shockingly, this morning the sounds of birds awoke me that sounded like they were on the pillow next to me! They were loud! It was not only a normal wake up call – it was a wake up call to start putting out the feeders and seed. The chances are slim that it will be a late spring.

All things point to an early spring and that means you must get the birds to get into the habit to come to your yard rather than the competition (the guy down the street, right?)

The best way to ensure that you have many, many more mornings of beautiful bird song – is to get the birdfeeders out now. Pictured to the right is a new design window feeder that your birds will flock to and give you that desired wakeup call!

Happy beginning of spring and don’t forget to use coupon: green (all lowercase to save $5 on your order) — cart total > $49 / one coupon per order / expires March 30.