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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Birdwatching and Bird Feeders

Type of feeder, feed determine which birds will flock to your yard

By MARY BETH BRECKENRIDGE
Knight Ridder News Service


Birds remind us that nature goes on, even on those interminable winter days when we less hardy humans are stuck indoors.

Making your yard hospitable to birds increases the chances they'll make regular stops there. That can be as simple as keeping a feeder filled or as involved as landscaping to improve the habitat.

But it's best to start small, seasoned bird-watchers say.

Choose a feeder that will attract the kind of birds that interest you. Common types include thistle feeders, which attracts finches, pine siskins, song sparrows and other small birds; tray, platform or hopper feeders, which can hold a seed mix that attracts bigger birds; and suet feeders, which attract woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, titmice, jays and starlings.

Then choose a type of food that fits your feeder and appeals to the birds you like most. >> Read more >>