Variety is the spice of life and, despite their natural caution, birds seem to enjoy the challenge of exploring something new. I’ve endeavored to introduce a few different methods of attracting them to the garden and have met with some success. The covered seed tray is alright for the smaller birds but I also installed a hanging tray for the larger ones. They can also visit the standing table which has the advantage of being moveable and can be positioned as close to the window as possible when I want to get a really close-up shot.
The square blocks of suet and seed are very popular and I’ve also tried them with suet balls. It took a while for the birds to get used to the new feeder but once one gave it a try, they all got in on the act.
I’ve found that the suet cages are also good for holding the solid blocks of seed, and with added mealworms, they provide a tasty treat for all.
There are plenty of places to perch in the garden, but we don’t have any trees, so I provided a fake one by cutting most of the branches off our Christmas tree from last year and upending it in an old garden umbrella stand. The birds soon flew down to check it out and when I smeared chunky peanut butter on it, it attracted even more attention.
Despite the fact that we have four bird baths of varying sizes, the ducks were still at a distinct disadvantage, so I installed a slightly larger pool that will accommodate two birds side by side.
And, of course, providing nesting material always guarantees that we’ll catch a glimpse of the goldfinches from time to time.