Are you looking for a way to spruce up your backyard? Bird feeders are great ways to accomplish your goals. Backyard bird feeders are containers resembling lanterns into which solicitous humans place seeds or other types of bird feed, to attract and feed the birds in the surrounding area. Backyard bird feeders are a good choice. Often in the shape of miniature houses, these unique feeders can add a decorative touch to a backyard landscape, in addition to attracting local varieties of birds. There are many different types of backyard bird feeders available. Hanging bird feeders are usually hung in trees or below the eaves of a porch or patio. Hanging bird feeders are convenient because they are easy to place almost anywhere. Stationary bird feeders are available in two types: those that can be attached to a tree, and those that are perched atop a pole. If a yard, park or nature area has plenty of trees, a stationary bird feeder can easily be nailed to a trunk. If few or only small trees are available, the pole style is handy.
When choosing a backyard bird feeder, one should carefully consider what type of bird it is intended to attract. Are seed eating songbirds the intended benefactors of the meal? If so, choose a feeder that provides a comfortable landing space, safe from squirrels and mice who will also eat the seeds. If you think this may be a problem, there are special feeders that when a predator puts weight on the perch, the perch will collapse and close the feeding hole so that the predator can not get to the seed. Of course, if the elusive hummingbird is a desired guest at the feeder, be prepared to buy a very special sort of feeder to attract these colorful nectar eaters.