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.
May 22, 17 01:56 PM
It has been a couple of years since 'we' reported on the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks at our feeders. Mostly due to having to pull in our bird feeders in April
May 19, 17 12:56 PM
One year, looking out our kitcben window we saw a anna,s hummingbird had built a nest in our tangelo tree, about 2-3 feet away. We looked at them every
May 17, 17 01:38 PM
April 26 2017 male and female visited feeder for three days. I had sighting on feeder about the same time 3 years ago . It seems like the males move on