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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.

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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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American Goldfinch

Bird Feeder Plans Drawn Especially for Goldfinches

Also known as the “wild canary”, the goldfinch brings a brilliant splash of color to any backyard.  This migratory bird winters in the south and then makes its way to the north as spring gets under way.  How can you make your backyard a favorite stopping point for these great birds?  With the right bird feeder plans, you can easily attract these social birds.

Invest in an upside down finch feeder and bird feeder plans with be unnecessary.

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“If you build it, they will come” can be easily translated to “If you put out thistle, they will come” for goldfinch lovers.  These birds like weeds, seeds, and flowers!  So if your yard has a lot of thickets, patches of thistles, cosmos, sunflowers, birch, mulberry, hemlock, zinnia, elm, and other goodies, you’re off to a good start. If not, make sure your bird feeder plans include thistle, black oil sunflower, and a source of water for bathing.

If you want to attract and keep the goldfinch, try a special thistle finch feeder.  These are similar to tube feeders and have very small holes.  You can also use thistle sacks, which have nylon mesh that the birds hang on and pull seeds from.  A variation of this is a metal or plastic mesh that lasts longer and is a bit sturdier.  You can buy these in stores for about $20 or more, or find finch bird feeder plans online and do it yourself for next to nothing.  The birds only care about getting their thistle and seed – so if you want to make a feeder from a Tube-Pak or other cylinder, go ahead.  The goldfinches will be more than happy with your efforts.