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.
Apr 24, 18 08:32 PM
I started avid bird feeding here in North Florida about 1 year ago i have been using safflower seeds nyjer seed sunflower chips and even some basic wild
Apr 22, 18 06:17 PM
Found pecking at the ground. What stood out the most was its white beak with a horizontAL stripe of yellow. Its body was black and white flecks.
Apr 22, 18 06:16 PM
We moved last year from Nashville to 20 miles west of the city. Was delighted to have 3 rose breasted grosbeaks at our feeder the other day (Apr 20, 2018)