Garth here from WorldBirds.org, online publication dedicated to sharing the beauty of birds and nature.So what are his tips for attracting Cardinals?
I’m reaching out to you because I read your article here http://fritz-aviewfromthebeach.blogspot.com/2011/03/winters-last-gasp.html and wanted to see if you’d be interested in a small collab.
We recently created a practical guide on how to attract cardinals to your backyard - thought it would make an excellent addition to your piece.
Perhaps you’d be interested in linking to it because it’s a practical resource that helps your readers enjoy nature in their own backyard?
I wouldn’t ask unless I was sure it would add real value to your piece.
I’ll let you be the judge though, check it out here:
What do you think?
1. Use Cardinal Specific Feeders . . .
Our Droll Yankees YCPT-360 021964205300 Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder, Yankee Tipper, seems to work, and squirrels try, but don't beat it.
2. Tempt With Right Treats . . .
Sunflower and safflower seeds seem to work.
3. Place Feeder to The Right Location . . .
We must have gotten lucky. We just hung off ours off the back deck.
4. Offer a Water Source (Preferably Moving) . . .
We do have a water bowl nearby, but it's not moving.
5. Keep Your Feeders Full at All Times . . .
We're just lucky we remember to eat.
6. Encourage Ground-Feeding for Variety & Security . . .
The birds knock the seed around onto the deck, and the ground beneath, and the Juncos really seem to like that better than the feeder.
7. Offer Protective Shelter . . .
Plenty of trees nearby, although we did take down a nearby apple that wasn't doing much.
8. Provide Nesting Material . . .
Does Husky underfur count? Because we have gobs of it. We hang up small basket stuffed with it. I've never seen a Cardinal take any, though. Chickadees love it.
9. Prevent Frozen Water . . .
Nothing really fancy, but we break it up if it freezes on top. Hasn't been much of problem this winter though.
10. Remove Reflective Surfaces . . .
Not getting rid of our windows, and big glass door. Sorry.
11. Avoid Predator-Accessible Feeding Areas . . .
The dog keeps most predators out of the yard, although hawks occasionally hang out in the woods nearby.
12. Keep the Feeders Clean . . .
They can do their own damn dishes (but Georgia does clean the feeder once in while).