Choosing the right bird feeder and/or birdhouse can be a rather difficult decision. Anytime is the right time to mount or hang your bird feeder or birdhouse. As birds begin to search for a place to feed and create their nest, make sure your bird feeders are mounted or hung and your birdhouse is ready for their inspection.

Birds that usually occupy birdhouses include wood ducks, goldeneyes, buffleheads, mergansers, American kestrels, owls, woodpeckers, northern flickers, flycatchers, tree swallows, purple martins, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, bluebirds, starlings, sparrows, and house finches.

Ever wonder which bird feeder to use and/or what bird food will attract certain birds? Your solution is here. Use black oil sunflower seed in a tube feeder with a tray to attract cardinals, finches, jays, sparrows, chickadees, pine siskins, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and redpolls. Use a thistle feeder with thistle seed to attract finches. Use a tube feeder with peanuts to attract cardinals, sparrows, starlings, chickadees, juncos, finches, titmice, grackles, doves, and jays. Use a hummingbird feeder with hummingbird nectar to attract, you guessed it, a hummingbird!

Many birds will establish an area of land and trees where they will not be disturbed by other birds. Although some birds, such as Tree Swallows and Purple Martins, love to have lots of other birds of the same type around them. Each bird requires different birdhouse measurements, so be sure you choose the right birdhouse for your wildbird interests.

Birds can be a bit choosy when finding their home. Some will inspect several houses before deciding on a particular one. You may wish to embellish your yard with many different birdhouses for your wild birds to choose from, knowing that only one will be occupied. By giving them a choice, you might keep them from choosing the neighbor’s bird feeder!

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