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Bluebirds’ Favorite Home at the Edge of the Forest

Bluebirds Love the Meadow’s Edge — Where the Forest Begins

It’s not just the menu that attracts bluebirds to your bird feeder. You have to live in or choose the right place. Bluebirds love country habitats and rarely can be seen in urban or highly populated, heavily-paved areas with overcrowding and constant development. They prefer open spaces, so if you live near nature, you’re in luck. Farming and suburban communities are ideal, especially if they are near the woods or close to parks.

If you don’t think you have an ideal property at your home for bluebirds, don’t worry. There may be plenty of places near your home to set up a bird feeder if you can. You could put something up near the edge of nearby woods. Park areas may allow a bird feeder or look for a quiet location along rivers, lakes or streams.

Golf courses attract bluebirds because of the wide-open spaces. There are plenty of trees and bushes nearby. Check with the owners. Feeders don’t have to be near play. Many golf courses are huge with extended properties and plenty of natural growth along the perimeter. Just be careful if you hear someone yell, “Fore!” The same possibilities exist with other sporting areas. Playing fields for baseball, football, soccer or other recreational locations might have natural surrounding spots for bird feeders. Kids will even like the idea of having unique birds come by.

These ideas are only necessary if you happen to live in the city or areas heavily concreted and want to enjoy feeding birds, especially bluebirds. But you can always give feeders a try no matter where you live. Bluebirds might still be attracted to a specific feeding station in bad weather or uncomfortable habitats. If they happen to come upon food placed on your tray, they will keep coming back. In fact, they won’t have a need to fly somewhere warmer when they know where to get a supply of bird feed.

Using the type of Bird Feeder Plans and Birdhouse Plans Which Build the Best  Environment for Bluebirds

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Bluebird House Where the Bushes Begin — Perfect

Place your feeders in a wide open space on your property as well. This gives the birds a better chance of noticing your feeding station. Some bluebirds, especially the western bluebird, enjoy nesting in holes or cavities. You could add some food to holes in trees to attract bluebirds.

Just think nature and open space when you want to attract bluebirds. A nice wide property with some trees, plants or bushes will bring the birds to your yard or nearby area. Bluebirds want their space, especially if there’s food available. Keep a supply of berries, fruits, breads or other soft foods available in case you notice bluebirds hovering above and place them in feeders, trays or holes in trees. The birds will keep coming back.

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Cardinal Wildly Flapping Wings Defensively

Hopper, Suet, Tray Feeders Can Always Keep the Cardinal Happy, If Not Defensive

Cardinals are plentiful in many areas of the country, but are always an awesome sight no matter how many times you see them. The red covered feathers have a glowing effect and never cease to brighten your day in good or bad weather. You are fortunate if you live in the East, Midwest or portions of the Southwest to see and feed cardinals. The birds aren’t so available in the Northwest region.

Male cardinals can be fully red in color or have black coloring on the face. The male’s colors become brighter during mating season. Female cardinals don’t possess such bright red colors, providing a view of pale brown features as well, but their large orange bills are just as impressive.

The sounds of singing become more prominent among cardinals as they are eating. Their whistling is even joyous at other times, and you can call back by imitating the sounds. The cardinals will turn and look for another cardinal.

Cardinals love their food and can turn aggressive against other birds when vying for a meal. They seem to enjoy searching for food in pairs or in groups of cardinals. Males often share their morsels of food with females during mating season. Some of the foods cardinals enjoy include bread, baked goods, peanuts and corn as well as sunflower or safflower seeds. Suet feeders also please cardinals.

The aggressiveness of males comes on stronger during breeding season if other males approach a couple. The male cardinal is known to quickly attack a male rival. Their defensive mechanisms are so pronounced, they will even attack reflections of themselves. It’s not uncommon for a cardinal to attack a glass window or mirror when it sees its reflection, thinking a rival is present.

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Cardinal Mates — Female on the Left and Male on the Right

This perceived rivalry could even occur on your car window or mirror. The pecking on glass may seem like lively entertainment for a time, but the cardinal could indeed hurt itself during the false attack. Cardinals remain single minded and want that opponent destroyed.

If you happen to be at home and you hear tapping noises on a window, it could be a vengeful cardinal at work. You might even notice this when a cardinal awakes you in the morning with constant tapping on a glass window. Feel free to protect the cardinal by putting a covering over the glass if you notice it doesn’t stop its assault or keeps coming back for another attack. You can use any material to darken and erase the reflection if you can’t close curtains or shades to block the image. Netting or anything you have handy can get rid of the reflection.

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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.