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Trays attract the widest variety of seed-eating feeder birds, including pigeons, starlings, and House Sparrows, but also grosbeaks and native sparrows. Tray feeders offer no protection against rain and snow; without excellent drainage, seeds may become wet enough to sprout, and wet seeds may also foster fungal and bacterial growth. Bird droppings can quickly soil the seed in tray feeders. The best tray feeders have a screened, rather than solid, bottom to promote complete drainage; at the very least, tray feeders should have several drainage holes. Even with drainage, the bottom should be removable for fairly frequent hosing. Offer only enough seed in tray feeders for birds to finish every day or two, and shake out the bottom every time you add new seeds.

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Tray feeders placed near the ground are most likely to attract ground-feeding birds such as juncos, doves, jays, blackbirds, and sparrows (along with squirrels, deer, raccoons, and other critters). Tray feeders can also be mounted on deck railings, posts, or stumps, or can be suspended. Some models have a roof to provide some protection from the weather.

Small plastic feeders affixed to window glass with suction cups, and platform feeders hooked into window frames, attract finches, chickadees, titmice, and some sparrows. They afford us wonderful, close-up views of birds, and their placement makes them the safest of all feeder types for preventing window collisions. Because many birds feed while standing on the seeds in window feeders, the food risks becoming soiled, so the seed in these feeders should be changed daily and the feeders kept very clean. Fortunately, for most window designs these are the easiest of all feeders to access for filling and cleaning.

Hollow tubes keep seed fairly clean and dry and, if they have metal feeding ports, may be somewhat squirrel resistant (though squirrels often chew through the end caps or the plastic tube itself). Depending on the size of the perches under the feeding ports, you may attract small birds such as sparrows, grosbeaks, chickadees, titmice, and finches while excluding larger species such as grackles and jays. Styles with perches above the feeding ports are designed for seed-eating birds that can feed hanging upside down, such as goldfinches and chickadees, while dissuading others. Depending on the size of the feeding ports, you can offer tiny nyjer seeds or larger seeds.

Suet feeders may be constructed of wire mesh or plastic-coated wire mesh, or be a simply mesh onion bag. They can be nailed or tied to a tree trunk, suspended, or affixed to the side of a hopper feeder.

Suet feeders attract a variety of woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, jays, and starlings. Suet cages that open only at the bottom force birds to hang upside down while feeding. This design usually excludes starlings, which have trouble perching that way.

Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites can cause diseases such as aspergillosis, salmonella, avian pox, trichomoniasis, and conjunctivitis. Species commonly affected by bird feeder diseases are redpolls, pine siskins, goldfinches, sparrows, and cardinals.

In the bird-feeding world, the experts are also often the manufacturers themselves. In addition to the experts above, I conducted several in-depth conversations with Christen Brewer, designer and marketing coordinator for Droll Yankees, and Margaret Collins, media manager for Wild Birds Unlimited, in order to get a better understanding of the feeders.

In truth, there is no actual need to buy a dedicated bird feeder. You can feed many birds just by laying a bunch of seed on the ground or spreading some homemade bark butter onto a tree and waiting to see what shows up. But if you want to at least try to avoid supplementing the diet of other animals (like squirrels) with your expensive sunflower mix, or if you want to keep things a bit tidier in your yard, a bird feeder will do the job.

You can find an overwhelming number of general bird feeders of all types and sizes. We knew going into this guide that we would never be able to test and look at every single model. Unfortunately, there is very little independent research on bird feeders, despite the popularity of the hobby.

Suet feeders: Suet is often made from rendered animal fat and can be an important source of calories for accelerated avian metabolisms. You can produce it at home. However, most store-bought bird-feed suet is perfectly suitable and often comes formulated with extra ingredients such as seeds, insects, and dry fruit. You can also find melt-resistant recipes for use in summer. Suet feeders are often the simplest of all feeders, with just a metal cage for the food.

Fruit and berry feeders: These models are also referred to as tray feeders. You lay out fresh and dried fruits and berries in a covered receptacle or tray for birds such as orioles to land on and enjoy. Like suet feeders, fruit and berry feeders require minimal maintenance but have no protection from precipitation.

Top models have smooth metal components lining any openings (such as the feeder ports), both to protect birds and to thwart squirrels. Likewise, a well-fitting, secure lid can keep squirrels and rodents from gnawing their way into the feeder or lifting the lid from the feeder itself.

After talking to the experts, we reduced the field to the top 10 contenders and called them in to compare the build quality. The sturdier a bird feeder felt, the higher the marks we gave it. We filled and cleaned our bird feeders many times each to find the rhythm and flow of that task. We found that our interviewed experts were right: Having a removable bottom made a huge difference in the ease and enjoyment of this task and probably increased the likelihood that we would clean our bird feeders the recommended four times a year.

Unique to the Onyx are its four atypical feeder perches, set on two tiers on opposite sides. These perches are not built the way you might customarily imagine, as a stem jutting perpendicular from the tube feeder itself. Instead, they are aligned horizontally to the feeder port like large soda can tabs. What this design does is offer more surface area for larger birds to perch on and feed from.

The Onyx, like almost all Droll Yankees tube feeders, comes equipped with two mounting options: a stainless steel bailing-wire loop at the top for hanging from a pole arm, or a threaded base mount at the bottom, which you can attach to the Droll Yankees Threaded Pole Adapter. Droll Yankees also makes pole systems that you can configure in a variety of ways.

If the 18-inch Droll Yankees model seems like too much of a financial commitment for a single bird feeder, the company also makes a nice entry-level model. The Droll Yankees 15-inch Sunflower Tube Feeder comes with the same lifetime guarantee and sturdy metal ports (though without the horizontal alignment) but lacks a removable base and holds about 1 cups less seed than our top pick.

The Droll Yankees Onyx Clever Clean Finch Magnet is part of the same line as our top pick; it has the same heavy metal lid and secure twist-lock base. The major difference is that the cylinder is made from a diamond-shaped metal mesh cage instead of plastic. This small mesh pattern is meant to mimic the shape of finch beaks, making it easier for those birds to feed from. Although you can find many other nyjer seed feeders, the other typical models usually have small feeder ports and perches. Nyjer feed socks are another popular and cheap option, but they need to be replaced far more frequently than an actual feeder, which seems a waste.

The adversaries of bird feeders everywhere, squirrels are inventive and generally as cunning as they are tenacious. Given a chance and enough time, they will eat through, shake loose, take apart, or otherwise destroy your bird feeder while trying to consume the feed inside. You have two meaningful strategies to defend against this perennial menace: appeasement or isolation.

Isolating your bird feeders is all about good tactics. Squirrels can jump horizontally as high as 8 feet from the ground and can leap horizontally approximately 5 feet in any direction, so you need to position your bird feeder with that in mind. Usually the best setup involves a multi-hook bird-feeder pole, similar to this model, that stands 30 feet from your house and keeps your feeders more than 8 feet off the ground and farther than 5 feet from any tree limbs (adjusting for the height of the tree limbs as required).

Feeding birds does have an effect, though. A study by T. E. Martin in the Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics from 1987 and an article by Gillian N. Robb, Robbie A. McDonald, Dan E. Chamberlain, and Stuart Bearhop published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment in 2008 both said that birds supplied with extra food had a greatly enhanced chance for survival in winter, and that this supplementation very often led to improved reproduction rates for laying, hatching, and re-nesting.

While accurately measuring the number of window strikes a year across the country is admittedly difficult, in a study reported on by The Washington Post, ornithologists have estimated that window strikes kill anywhere from 365 million to 988 million birds in the United States every year. That measure puts windows somewhere just behind domesticated cats, which reportedly kill 1.3 billion to 4 billion birds a year (subscription required).

Duncraft both sells under license and produces its own assortment of bird feeders. The company seems to specialize, though, in producing metal-enclosed exclusionary feeders and suet feeders of every variety. The Duncraft Metal Haven Feeder, for instance, holds roughly the same amount of seed as our top pick but is more expensive and designed more specifically to exclude certain birds than it is to be an all-around convenient feeder. During our research, we found that the models Duncraft sold exclusively seemed too advanced for the average first-time buyer or lacked specific features, such as removable bottoms, that we were looking for in our top picks. 041b061a72


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