Some Do’s and Don’ts: feeding tips for the upcoming cold weather months.
As I’ve been making progress on my northern cardinal painting, I wanted to share some help on how you can bring more of these beautiful birds into your yard.
A great way to see these birds is to place the types of food they like into feeders around your home. Cardinals have large beaks for cracking seeds, so they are more apt to enjoy larger types of food. Try adding the following cardinal favorites to your feeder.
- Black oil sunflower seeds
- Safflower seeds
- Cracked corn
- Peanut pieces
- Fresh berries
- Small pieces of suet
Cardinals are large backyard birds, so we need to give them a comfortable area to land and feed. Some types of feeders may create shorter feeding times and a big of anxiety for cardinals as they try not to swing around while making attempts to grab a bite to eat.
Remember, the goal is to get these birds not just to eat, but to stay for a bit while easting so that you can enjoy them. The following bird feeder types my not give cardinals the best opportunity to eat and visit.
- Light weight feeders that have a tendency to be blown about by the wind
- Light weight tube feeders where the landing cardinal’s weight may cause the feeder to swing
- Feeders without wide enough areas for the cardinals to sit and be comfortable while eating
Essentially, if you want a better cardinal experience, try not to begin their meal with a dizzying challenge where they need acrobatics to cling to an unstable platform, which may not bring you the results you were expecting.
OK, that’s it! If you guys have a bit of luck bringing cardinals into your space, please feel free to post some pictures. I would love to see what you guys are doing to enjoy these beautiful birds.