Wild Bird Feeders & Stations

Feeding Advice and Product Information

 

bird seed feeder

Bird Seed Feeder

This type of feeder is suitable for Black Sunflower Seeds, Sunflower Hearts, Original Wild Bird Food, Premium Wild Bird Food, - it ensures that all of the above products will flow through the bird feeder (so the level will drop down as the birds take the food).

Many species of garden bird will use tube feeders and these include Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Siskin, House sparrow, Tree sparrow, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit. Finches will typically stay on a feeder perch while feeding, whereas Tits will usually take away individual seeds (e.g. Black Sunflower Seeds) to eat them elsewhere (they'll return time and time again to do this).

niger seed feeder

Niger Seed Bird Feeder

The principle of this feeder is similar to the seed feeder in that the seed flows down the tube as the birds take the food. However and as the name suggests, this feeder is for Niger seed. The reason that Niger seed needs a special feeder is that its tiny size and tendency to flow very easily means that it would pour out of the ports on a normal seed feeder. So the holes in the tube are very small but certainly big enough for the main species which eats Niger - the Goldfinch - to take the seeds out.

peanut feeder

Peanut Feeder

Whole Peanuts should always be fed from a mesh bird feeder like this one. The reason is that the relatively large size of a whole peanut is difficult for many species to eat (though they'll often try) and there's also the danger of young birds choking on the nut if they were given it by a parent.
The species of bird that will feed on a peanut bird feeder are fairly mixed, but will generally be any of the Tits, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Siskin and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The latter are far more common that many people think and attracting them to most gardens - certainly in more rural areas or on the edges of towns and cities - is relatively easy.

cage feeder

Cages for Suet Feasts and Fat Balls

Suet Feasts ideally need a cage so they can be hung from a branch or hook, and for the birds that feed on them to hold on to. The same applies to Fat Balls, though these are supplied in a thin plastic net which can itself be hung from a branch or hook.

It's mainly the different species of Tit which feed on Suet Feasts and Fat Balls - Long Tailed Tits are particularly attracted - but other birds, including Robins, will feed on them if they're able to stand on the cage.
We have a very large range of Suet Feasts, Fat Balls and cage feeders.

dunnock

Bird tables and just using the ground

Birds such as the Dunnock, Song Thrush and Blackbird won't use any of the feeders already detailed - they're just not adapted to feed in this way. For these sorts of species, they'll usually feed from a bird table or simply from the ground.

As with feeders, it's essential that bird tables are kept clean.


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