Tagged: Feeding birds
Birds not interested in my bird feeder
October 16, 2018 at 9:12 pm #1460
I just purchased and filled my first bird feeder! I was so excited to hang it up, but it has been almost a whole 2 weeks and no one has showed any interest in my feeder. I saw one dove land on it one time, but since then…nothing. What am I doing wrong? Could it be the feeder? Or the food?This post has received 4 votes up.
October 17, 2018 at 12:33 am #1484
The first words here are “be patient”. Like people, birds have to “discover” new places to eat, and this can take some time, often several weeks. Also, you may want to initially place your feeder near trees/shrubs/bushes, to provide protective cover for your birds and to make them feel more comfortable. Make sure you hang you feeder high enough where cats and other ground predators can’t pounce on birds when the visit your feeder. And lastly, use Black Oil Sunflower seed, it is the recognized best, all-around bird seedThis post has received 3 votes up.
January 7, 2019 at 4:51 pm #2683
It could be both. Some birds prefer to feed on the ground, Doves are one of those birds. I have experimented for several years with feeder types and types of seed. I currently hang three cheap plastic tube feeders on seperate shepard hooks 4/6′ apart. On the ground I have a piece of plywood under the hanging feeders to put the seed on so it doesn’t get lost in the grass and mold and make a nasty mess plus any seed falling from the tubes lands on the plywood. In two of the tubes I put sunflower heart seed. In one tube I put a Finch mix. I do not feed ****** seed, it’s not a favorite of the Finch. My favorite wild seed mix is sold by Ace Hardware Co.. I also add fine ground cracked corn (chick size) plus some of the Finch mix to the wild mix and put it on the plywood. I put a scoop of whole corn seed out on each side of my feed area for the Blue Jays and wild Turkeys. Most all birds will eat the sunflower hearts, however, most birds can not open the sunflower seed in the shell. I also have a 12×12″ platform 4′ above the ground with beef suet on it for the Woodpeckers, Flickers and Hawks. Good luck with your feeder.This post has received 2 votes up.
January 8, 2019 at 7:53 am #2689
Thanks for the input, Gene! Sounds like you’ve got quite the setup.
January 8, 2019 at 1:52 pm #2695
Hi Adam, Yes, I have a lot of wildlife in my yard and go through a lot of seed.This post has received 1 vote up.
January 8, 2019 at 2:03 pm #2696
Sounds fun! If you have any pictures or take any good ones, you should share them in the Pictures forum. I’d love to see not only the setup but some great wildlife shots too.
January 9, 2019 at 7:27 pm #2720
Adam, I don’t see a picture forum on this site. I see Bird Cams. Photography is a hobby of mine. I have a few thousand pictures from over the years. I would be glad to post some, but where.This post has received 1 vote up.
January 10, 2019 at 7:50 am #2722
Hi, Gene. It’s in the Community section towards the bottom, labeled “Pictures.” Here’s a link directly to that forum:
Excited to see some of the pictures you’ve captured over the years!
January 10, 2019 at 1:19 pm #2727
Two weeks is not uncommon a period of time for birds to acclimate to a new feeder.
My first question is always “location, location, location”….is it a place that you see birds often and is there adequate cover nearby?
Second is what kind of food do you have in the feeder? And, what type of feeder is it? Tube? Hopper? Platform?
These two will certainly give me some idea of why your feeder isn’t attracting birds as you would hope.
Scott EdwardsThis post has received 1 vote up.
January 27, 2019 at 9:04 am #2882
Protection for the smaller birds is critical with bird feeders. I found true in my yard. So its best to put those under natural cover. I have 5 feeders in my backyard and have hung the feeders toward the center branches, more towards the trunks of the trees. I had noticed and heard a hawk nearby and unfortunately have seen some feather masses on the ground. Haven’t seen any lately, so I think I have made a better effort in protecting the little guys. I have observed the variety of birds feeding habits and most of them continuously look around and often quickly light on the feeders, grab a seed then retreat back into the branches. Having the feeders hanging in the thicker parts of the trees give them better cover from predators. This makes them feel more confident and they feed more often and in numbers. Also is true for the ground feeders, as I always spread a little on the ground for those guys as well. I spread seed more toward the trunk of the tree where they have more cover.
I get a wide variety of birds that feed; Doves, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Cardinals male and female, Tufted Titmouse, finches, wrens, sparrows, Brown Thrasher, Blue Jays, Brown-headed cow birds, a woodpecker or two and of course black crows.
Best of luck with your feeders!This post has received 2 votes up.
June 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm #3915
Harper PriceParticipant7 pts
It can take a while! Be patient and they’ll come! Also sunflower, millet, and safflower.
December 29, 2019 at 5:46 pm #6994
Being the newbie of all newbies, I too have had the same problem with my newly purchased hanging feeders. Birds in my yard feed well on the ground, but have yet to find my hanging feeders. I have one tube and one wooden house (platform) with no luck, but it’s only been a few days. I have tried shaking the feeders, allowing some of the feed to fall to the ground. My main question would be should I get rid of my ground feeders altogether? Is there some kind of bird attractant that I could purchase? My feeders are hanging from my Willow Tree which is centered right in the middle of my back yard. Plenty of birds in that tree and it looks like a very safe area. This is fun, but very frustrating!
December 30, 2019 at 8:28 am #6998
What type of seed are you using in your feeders, and how often are you changing out the seed? It’s very possible that the seed you are offering is not preferred by the species in your area or the seed may be stale. It’s best to change the seed out at least once a month to keep it from going stale.
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