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
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.
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!