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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.

 

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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!

 

 

Working to Get the Warbler into Your Yard

 

They are often called the “butterflies of the bird world.” It is easy to

Suet bird feeder plans are best for the Warblers.

Black Throated Blue Warbler

see why when you spot one of these energetic, beautiful warblers.  But if you want to spot one (or more!) in your yard, you need the right bird feeder plans.  Here are some tips to make your yard a regular hangout for warblers.

You’ll have to work if you want warblers.  They are not the most common of backyard visitors, but they do repay your efforts by eating insects that can ruin your lawn or garden. One of the most important features for attracting warblers is the presence of trees, particularly cypress, pine, oak, willow, and sycamore.

Warblers  like to nest there, building their nests from plant materials, spider webs, bark, and grass.  They also like the protection and cover that these trees offer, which is especially important during migration.  Other goodies that can help you attract and keep warblers include berry bushes, such as bayberry, mulberry, blackberry, honeysuckle, and junipers. They like poison ivy – so if you know you won’t accidentally step in a patch, you might leave that one for the birds.

If your yard is lacking in some of these amenities, you may still be able to lure the warbler, especially in the fall and winter when insects are more scarce.  Many warblers like black oil sunflower seed, but suet may be a better

Suet bird feeder plans are best to make a feeder for the red faced warbler.

Red Faced Warbler

bet.  This provides a great source of fats and calories, which are particularly important coming into the cold season.  Try suet feeders, suet cakes, or

simply smear suet in the bark of a tree.

You can find suet bird feeder plans online or buy a pre-made model.  Also, make sure there is a birdbath nearby.  They like the sound of dripping water, so if you really want warblers, think about creating a more complex running water, mister, or drip system.

Too much work?  Not for the bird lover who appreciates the bright, charming warbler.  Warblers are so enjoyed by those who know them that a Field Guide was written about them.  Click on the link below to be taken to Amazon.com to see a review on this book.

Stokes Field Guide to Warblers

 

A rare find, the golden winged warbler, prefers feeder made from suet bird feeder plans too.

Golden Winged Warbler

Pine Warbler eating from a suet bird feeder.

Pine Warbler Eating Suet

 

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