Using a ground bird feeder is a great way to attract Northern Carninals. In fact, it is often called a cardinal feeder.
Other wild birds can also be attracted using this type of feeder including, sparrows, tufted titmice, juncos, doves, painted buntings and chickadees.
If you enjoy attracting wild birds to your backyard, then you should use a variety of wild bird feeders and wild bird food. Many seed eating birds are not comfortable feeding from a perch. Adding a ground feeder to your bird feeding station will attract wild birds that will never feed from your tube feeders.
You can actually attract many ground feeding birds by throwing wild bird seed right onto the ground. However, there are a few problems with this method. The squirrels and chipmunks will probably devour the bird seed before the wild birds have a chance to. The other issue is that bird seed on the ground goes bad quickly. Unfortunately, birds that eat seed that is moldy or has spoiled, may become ill.
Using this type of feeder is the best way to offer wild bird seed to ground feeding birds.
A ground bird feeder is simply a platform feeder that is placed near the ground. You can use platform feeders for a variety of wild bird foods including, fruit, nuts, insects (grubs) and almost any type of bird seed. To turn a platform feeder into a cardinal feeder, you simply add legs. You can improve on the design even more by adding a roof.
You can find directions for building a bird feeder here. If you have not tried one before, I know you will be pleased with the added variety of wild birds visiting your yard.
Oct 19, 17 02:25 PM
Ran into window at work. Grey body, white head with a crown, white accents long narrow beak. In Texas
Oct 17, 17 07:27 PM
In northeast Kansas, just spotted this one at the feeder. Seems unusual for here. Observed today, Oct 17. Any thoughts on what it is?
Oct 15, 17 06:44 PM
He looks like a cardinal but blue! i have never seen this bird before until this week