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Male Cardinal

Like Cardinals? Three Common Bird Feeder Plans Work For Them!

Like other birds, Cardinals do prefer certain food, but unlike most other birds, they will usually eat just about whatever bird feed you provide. This alone is reason enough to love the cardinal. Just know though, they will leave you for the neighbors if the neighbors are serving sunflower seeds. Finding the right bird feeder plans can be difficult, especially when your yard is smaller.

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Bird Feeder Plans for a 3 in 1 Bird Feeder
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It is a large enough feeder to give the birds the space they require to feed without fear, and it will hold three types of food with a slight adaptation.

There is a hopper in the middle for bird seed, and the foundation is a tray feeder which allows for nuts and fruit. By adding a suet cage at one or both ends of the hopper, you can make a 3 in 1 type feeder.

Bird Feeder Plans like these are perfect for building cardinal bird feeders, especially in the smaller backyard.

Below is a picture of a hopper bird feeder. Our sponsors’ offer birdhouse plans and bird feeder plans. Those sets include several different design sets of hopper bird feeder plans because of their popularity. 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. Just like the Snack Shop feeder, adding a suet cage to each end of this bird feeder will give you a multi-purpose feeder

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It is my hope to make you a true blue cardinal lover. These are absolutely beautiful birds, and they’ll call your yard home for a really long time, if you provide what they need.

We are very fortunate to have a family, sometimes two families which call our yard home. They will also eat suet and certainly worms and insects. When feeding their young, it is very common to watch the mother cardinal forage in the dirt for grubs and worms for her chicks.

Cardinals don’t use birdhouses to nest, but prefer thickets, or very bushy trees and shrubs to make a home. Once they are accustomed to you, they are not terribly shy at all. Our cardinals have been here for years and will fly up onto my back porch to visit frequently. They sing to one another and are such a joy, I’m thinking it may be time for me to get another set of bird feeder plans.

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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.

The unafraid red-breasted nuthatch will eat seed from the palm of your hand.

The Nuthatch — Unafraid of Humans

Keeping the Beautiful Nuthatch Happy in Your Yard

Penguins aren’t the only birds who know how to get dressed up. The Nuthatch is distinguished by his blue-gray topcoat and dapper striped head.  This little suited fellow also has another interesting trait:  he will walk head-first down tree trunks.  Besides being fun to watch, this bird is also excellent for the health of your yard.  You’ll need some special bird feeder plans to get this bird to visit, but you’ll be glad you did.

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Strolling Down the Tree Trunk

Nuthatches are favorites of bird lovers because they are so pleasant to be around.  Unlike aggressive and territorial birds, like the woodpecker or bluejay, or overly skittish birds, like the cardinal, the nuthatch is largely unafraid of humans.  If you attract them to your backyard, you can enjoy watching them, and even try your hand at teaching them how to eat out of your hand.

Nuthatches patrol your trees, head-first, looking for caterpillars, wood borers, beetles, and other insects that can harm your trees.  They also love suet.  You can supplement their diet of bugs with a log feeder with peanut suet plugs.  What is this?  It’s a great DIY project!  Bird feeder plans for a log feeder are easy to follow and effective at drawing nuthatches.  Simply find a small log (2.5 – 4 inches in diameter, 12 inches long), and bore some round holes in it. Fill the holes with peanut butter-suet and hang.  This appeals to nuthatches because the food is high in oil and calories, which is essential, particularly in the winter.

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DIY – Fill With Peanut Butter or Suet Plugs

A log feeder is essentially a simple tube feeder, and you can find tube suet bird feeder plans all over the internet.  They really are quite easy to make, and even better, they are effective.  Birds sometimes burn as much as half their calories just trying to stay warm, so you will be virtually guaranteed a nuthatch visit if you provide them with nutrient-rich suet and peanut butter.

Go here for more suet bird feeder plans, or just make one yourself like the one on your right.  Then get ready for these delightful visitors!

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