Bird Feeding Tips
The National Bird-Feeding Society (NBFS) developed tips to enhance the bird feeding experience. The tips include:
- Place bird feeders in locations where they can readily be seen through a viewing window.
- Start with a basic bird feeding set-up: tubular feeder filled with black-oil sunflower seed.
- Add other types of bird seeds and feeders such as Nyjer® in a Nyjer® feeder, and hopper or platform feeders filled with black-oil sunflower, sunflower hearts, and whole peanuts.
- Alternative foods such as suet, fruit, insects, and nectar, as well as water, may also attract additional species of birds.
- Each season of the year, there may be a different suite of species visiting your yard. These bird species may have different bird food and feeder preferences.
- In addition to bird seed and feeders, provide birds with habitat, water, and bird houses.
- Keep your birds safe by protecting them from cats and bird-window collisions, and regularly clean your feeders.
- To learn more about birds visiting your yard, use the tools of a birdwatcher: binoculars and a field guide.
- There are birds you can’t see in your yard. To see these birds, take a trip to your local, state, and national parks and explore your natural areas.