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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…..


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 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 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


Which Bird Feeder Plans Are Best for Cardinals?

It is no wonder why cardinals are a favorite backyard visitor for people, particularly in the north. It is a site for sore eyes indeed to see

This combination clear sided, hopper bird feeder with suet cake areas at each end are perfect for attracting cardinals with black oil sunflower seeds and suet cakes.

Red Cedar Hopper and Suet Bird Feeder

its brilliant flash of red and dignified crested head when the landscape has yet to show its colors.  These birds are notoriously skittish, though, and drawing them to your yard can be challenging.  Here are some tips that can help.

Your cardinal bird feeder plans should certainly include black oil sunflower seeds. These have high oil content, which appeals to cardinals, as well as other backyard birds, including chickadees, finches, sparrows, and bluejays.  This is an excellent choice if you want to draw a variety of wild birds – and you want to do it economically.  They are a terrific value.  While cardinals will eat a variety of fruits and insects, especially during the mating season, as well as seed like millet, they have been known to pick through all the seed in a feeder to find the sunflower seeds.

Another important aspect in attracting the cardinal is using a hopper bird feeder that has clear sides.  Because these birds can be timid, it helps attract and keep them if they can see the seed.  Positioning the bird feeder correctly also helps ensure that the cardinals will come.

Place it in an open area, and if you can, make sure there are berry-producing shrubs nearby.  Yards with thickets or hedges are favorites of cardinals because they nest there.  You can also increase your odds of attracting these

Beautiful bright red, male, cardinal posing as the regal bird he is.

The Cardinal

birds by giving them a water source for drinking and bathing.

Remember, cardinals aren’t migratory birds, so feeding them in the winter is important.  Instead of purchasing a pre-made feeder, you can find a variety of bird feeder plans for hopper and platform feeders that will be just as effective and much easier on your wallet.  For the cardinal, my favorite is the type pictured here which is a hopper style feeder with suet holders at each end of the hopper.  If you build it yourself, you can be sure they will come!