Being a flashy bird, the cardinal is the most desired backyard bird. They can brighten any yard. Sunflower and safflower seeds are a cardinals favorite food, and the best way to attract them. Their big beaks can easily open those seeds. They prefer a low feeder or a platform feeder. Since he is a larger bird, a cardinal needs a perch farther back from a feeder. They rarely use a tube feeder unless it has a sizeable tray under it for him to fit on. Cardinals do not migrate, and are adapting and expanding their habitat with human birdfeeders helping them along. They nest twice a summer, and prefer dense, shrubby habitat, fruit bearing shrubs are even better. Cardinals do not use nest boxes. Cardinals are territorial, and the male bird can batter himself against windows trying to scare away competitors. Window decals can help prevent this. Like all birds, they like to have water, so they will appreciate a bird bath nearby. Frequently they are the first bird in the morning and the last at night. We have many Bird Feeders to choose from.
Many people can entice Orioles to settle in their yards, when they arrive in Spring. They are hungry when they get here. If you don't have feeders ready for them, after their long migration, they will continue on their way to better feeding grounds. Read more...
The weather is getting colder all across the US. That means your birds are needing more energy to keep warm, especially if they stay in northern areas. It also means that suet feeders won't be turning rancid, as they might in the summer months. Suet is an excellent source of high energy food. Continue reading for more.
Repurpose Christmas Trees I was waiting in traffic and saw a Christmas tree go by on the roof of a car. It crossed my mind that I wished I could decorate a tree for my birds, and have it last longer than a few weeks. Continuing in this pattern, I thought about getting a tree after Christmas, and staking it up next to my bird feeder. Continue for more ideas.