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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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Sure, Unless You Want the Same Bird Feeder Plans You Saw In a Picture

The story of my life, you see something you like and you go looking for it and you just can’t find it.  Regardless, I did find this little set of free suet bird feeder plans for an upside suet feeder.  It’s a bit late in the season to go on and on about suet feeders, but I just love them and the colorful birds they attract.  If you live in the northern states and put your suet feeder into a shady area of  the yard this summer, it will probably do just fine.  If you live in Florida like I do, you’ll do best if you make a dense suet cake, keep it in the shade as much as possible, and check it periodically to make sure it hasn’t gotten rancid.

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Pesky Squirrel Trying to Raid a Basic Suet Feeder

Suet feeders are a Godsend to the birds struggling to find food in the winter time up north.  Not only does the fat keep the metabolism high in the birds keeping them warm, but it is very nourishing to them as well.  Suet is solid white beef fat and you can probably get some from your butcher for little or no cost.  I’ll be covering exactly how to make a suet cake in a later article, so for now just know that you can make very inexpensive suet cakes for your backyard birds.

The birds that eat suet generally eat insects or worms so the animal fat, suet, attracts them to the feeder.  The colorful birds like the cardinal, the blue jay, blue birds, the woodpecker and others like the suet.  The pesky little starlings do too, but they don’t like to hang upside down to eat, hence the need for the upside down suet bird feeder. The cage itself dissuades the starling as well.

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Bluebirds at a Basic Caged Suet Feeder

The suet bird feeders are almost always a form of cage into which the suet is placed.  This type feeder is certainly easier and less expensive to buy than getting suet bird feeder plans and starting from scratch.  It is this cage that seems to be the only way to keep the squirrels away.  The squirrel has a very difficult time raiding the upside down suet feeders too.  The picture of the squirrel on the basic suet feeder cracked me up, so I had to share it with you.

Suet cakes with peanuts or peanut butter work really well to attract the colorful birds as do suet cakes with bird seed within, or just mix it all up because they seem to love it.  The birds which like the suet also enjoy black oil sunflower seeds too, and there is an excellent set of suet bird feeder plans which is a combination feeder with a tray feeder for the seed.  There are so many more kinds of suet bird feeders plans available, let’s just agree to meet again soon so I can share with you the upside down suet feeder as well as the window suet bird feeder.