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Cardinal Bird Feeder Plans

Cardinals Have Fascinating Eating Patterns

Cardinals are among the easiest birds to notice with their bright red outfits that always bring a pleasant sight to any area. At times they can look formally dressed when a black mask complements their red coating. The bright-colored designs on a cardinal may even remind you of a brightly uniformed guard outside of a palace. So it’s usually a pleasant view and enjoyable surprise when you see these birds at your feeder.

You can see cardinals year round in the Midwest, East and parts of the Southwest. Cardinals exhibit some interesting feeding patterns. You might see them eating alone, in pairs or in a group with other cardinals. The birds will often gather together in winter months. You can see them searching together for food in trees, on bushes, along the road or in your yard. Cardinals don’t like other birds trying to snatch their food. The blue jay has a tough time dealing with cardinals, which are willing to fight off the aggressive bird when it comes to mealtime.

If you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of cardinals during mating season, you can see some fascinating rituals involving sharing of food. The female will depend on the male for supplying her with food when food is available. The female crouches down next to the male and lowers her wings, opening her beak as if to beg for a crumb. The male automatically reacts by filling her waiting beak with a piece of food. These chauvinistic tendencies also transform into aggression if another male happens by. Male cardinals become extremely possessive and protective during the mating season.

Some of the foods cardinals enjoy include apples, baked goods, corn and shelled or chopped peanuts. You can also attract them with feeders that include ground or chopped suet, sunflower seeds and safflower seeds. These birds are attracted to a variety of feeders depending on the foods. Use seeds, fruit, suet or nuts for tray feeders. Seeds work well in hopper feeders while seeds or nuts satisfy them in window feeders. Suet in suet feeders will bring in cardinals as well.

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Cardinal Mates

Because of this varied diet, the cardinal can be lured using a number of different types of bird feeder plans; the tray or platform bird feeder, the suet bird feeder, and the hopper bird feeder.  My favorite though is the combo bird feeder which is a tray-hopper-suet bird feeder all in one.

You might also attract the attention of a cardinal by whistling back to it. Cardinals enjoy whistling loving sounds that you can sometimes imitate. If you try to repeat a short tune yourself, you might notice the cardinal stopping and looking around to find the source of the sound, possibly believing it is from another bird.

Paul asks…

How can I find purple martin birdhouse plans free?

I wish to build bird house

Rose answers:

Http://www.freeww.com/birdhouses.html

James asks…

I need a site with birdhouse building plans that’s free?

i’ve tried the search engines but all i get is links that are crap
and as far as using the links a yahoo search brought up i tried and all i got was those run around sites that give you a place to click and all you get is a useless popup 99% of the ones it brought up were like that

Rose answers:

Here is one that I have used in the past:

http://www.50birds.com/

Click on the “Print Birdhouse Woodworking Plans” link for free detailed plans for birdhouses according to the species you wish to attract.

I’m perplexed as to why you don’t like the results of your searches. I have searched for birdhouse plans in the past and found lots of good results. A Yahoo! Web search for “birdhouse plans” (include the quotation marks in the Yahoo! Search box) yields over 25,000 results. I found plenty of good plans while checking out just the first three pages of results.

In any event, good luck with your birdhouse building projects.

Mandy asks…

Want to build a different kind of birdhouse!?

Where can i find free plans to build a nice looking birdhouse besides the regular square ones ? with like two or 3 rooms , or a fancy one.

Rose answers:

Well My dad and i build log cabin birdhouses now , we discovered a nice way to make them cozier , and once we built a bird hotel ha. It was big and we just sectioned it of to four “rooms” and put a door into each one and covered the ceiling with rock. It looks like a real hotel . Lucky birds

 

 

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Male Cardinal

Three Different Types of Bird Feeder Plans Will Satisfy the Cardinals’ Varied Diet

Well, it is my favorite time of the year and my favorite birds are home again on my back porch as though they own the place.  Sadly, though, this year my other little family is either hiding or not here.  I imagine it is the latter.  Most of you who visit here know my favorite bird is the cardinal.  I love their personality, the way the mates stay together, and as a mother I can identify when mama cardinal runs frantically around looking for food to bring back to the squawkers in the nest.

Cardinals certainly have their favorite food, just like other birds, but they will generally eat whatever you feed them which is why I thought you would enjoy my favorite bird feeder too.  This article has been brought back out and dusted off because it is timeless just like the beautiful cardinal, and hopefully this three-in-one feeder will intrigue you as it does me.

Hope you enjoy this update…..

Rose

Interestingly, the Northern Cardinal, originated in the southeastern part of the United States. The bird has slowly migrated during the twentieth century as far north as southern Canada, and as far west as Texas.  As a child, I always thought the cardinals went home to the north after spending a

Bird Feeder Plans with two or more ways birds can feed offer the backyard birder the oppoortunity to attract different species of birds.

Picture from the AZWoodman.com Site

winter with us in sunny Florida.  Only later as I developed my keen love for backyard birding, did I learn differently.  Not only does the cardinal stay in one area all year long with his mate, they also have a varied diet making three different types of bird feeder plans just perfect.

Personally, I like to kill two birds with one stone (JUST KIDDING!!) and use some of my favorite combination bird feeder plans to make a feeder that serves several different types of bird feed and  hopefully a more varied assortment of backyard birds.  The picture above and to the right is an example of such a feeder.

The Snack Shop feeder is both a hopper bird feeder and a tray bird feeder.  Additionally, if you add a standard suet cage or rack at either or both ends of bird feeder plans like those used to make the snack shop, you will have three types of feeders in one.

Bird Feeder Plans like these are just right for building cardinal bird feeders.

In the lower left is a picture of a bird feeder which can be made from one of the many sets of bird feeder plans and birdhouse plans from our sponsors.  As you can see it is a standard hopper style feeder to accommodate the cardinals love for black oil sunflower seeds (with their hulls), a small tray for fruits, berries, nuts, or old bread you may have on hand.  Again, simply add a suet cage to the other side of this feeder and you’ll have three feeders in one for cardinals and friends.

Bird Feeder Plans which will satisfy the cardinals and attract other birds as well.

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You will become a cardinal lover. They are beautiful birds, and if they have what they need, they will stay in your yard for a very, very long time.  In the back of our house is a very deep thicket of cabbage palms, oaks, and underbrush in which the birds nest and live.   Just inside the deep thicket are trees into which they fly daily roosting proudly for all to see.

They have become so accustomed to us, they will even fly onto my covered porch for a visit.  They sing to one another and I believe we must have two families this year, because I frequently see two full grown females in close proximity to one another.  It looks like another set of bird feeder plans for cardinals may be in order!

 

 

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