Are you one of the 50 million Americans that feed birds? If not, then what are you waiting for? Adding bird feeders to your yard can bring nature and life to your property. 

You could enjoy watching and learning about the birds that call your region of the country home. But, there's a bit more to it than just throwing up a feeder and calling it a day. 

This guide will show you how to attract birds to a new feeder.

How to Attract Birds to a New Feeder

The best way to attract birds to your yard is by creating an attractive oasis for birds. Add bright colors with decor or brightly flowered plants. In addition to your new feeder, consider adding a birdbath, perch, and birdhouse. 

Types of Bird Feeders

Put up more than one feeder and create a feeding station. Different types of birds prefer to feed from different types of feeders. Click here and select a variety of the best feeders to create your station. 

Choose the type of feeder that matches the type of feed you want to put in it for the type of birds in your area. There are many types of feeders, and you need to choose the right one for the types of birds in your area. 

  • Suet 
  • Peanut 
  • Oriole fruit
  • Sugar water
  • Tube
  • Nyjer finch
  • Tray or platform
  • Hopper
  • Log
  • Mealworm

What to Feed Birds

If you want to attract birds to your feeder, you need to entice them with the right treats. When you have a variety of feeders, you can add a selection of different seeds and food. This will help you attract a variety of birds. 

The biggest mistake you can make is trying to use the cheapest low-quality birdseed. Skip the generic hardware store feed. Try a high-quality feed that has a variety of seeds in different sizes, small berries, and suet cakes. 

The Right Placement 

Birds want to feel safe while they settle in for a snack. While there are a few birds that are ok with a feeder in the middle of your yard, most will prefer something more tucked out of the way. 

Try placing your feeder near a large shrub or some brush. It should also be at a high height off the ground. This protects the birds from ground predators and prevents your feeder from enticing animals other than birds. 

If you have more than one feeder, you need to place them at least three to four feet apart. Otherwise, some birds become territorial about their space. 

Enjoy More Birds in Your Yard 

Now that you know how to attract birds to a new feeder, you're ready to set up an enticing bird paradise in your yard. Choose a few feeders that are suitable for the type of feed you want to use. Then, arrange them in your yard and add some bright colors. 

Then sit back, be patient, and keep your feeders full. Birds will begin to see your feeders as a reliable source of food. 

Check out our other bird articles for more tips and tricks to creating an aviary sanctuary in your yard.