Finches, orioles, robins, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, cardinals, and blue jays are all known to feed on fruit.
Simply grab some fresh fruit from your pantry, be it an apple, pomegranate, orange, or pear, and start attracting beautiful wild song birds to your backyard! Over the years, scientists and bird watchers alike have closely monitored the feeding habits of thousands of different bird species, making bird feeding a simple exercise with only one question to answer.
What type of bird do you want to attract? Apples will attract over 45 species of birds, and make an easy and effective meal.
Cactus wrens, woodpeckers, warblers, orioles, blue jays, house finches, sparrows, mockingbirds, thrushes, and common flickers are all attracted to apples.
Blueberries will attract robins, chickadees, sparrows, king birds, orioles, and tufted titmice.
Bananas will bring buntings, house finches, jays, starlings, warblers, woodpeckers, and wrens.
Cherries and grapes are just as versatile as apples, and will attract many of the same species.
Strawberries are a great option for the grosbeak, bobwhite, robin, towhees, wood thrush, and magpie.
There are a wide variety of fruit bird feeder styles, from the environmentally friendly recycled plastic feeder to the more ornate, house-like tray and dish feeders.
There are also wonderful minimalist designs that simply require you to pop some fruit on the end of a metal spire, and require fewer cleanings.
Recycled plastic and rust-resistant metal feeders will be the most durable, but maybe not the prettiest to look at.
Hand-crafted wood fruit feeders typically have more of an artist's touch and will certainly blend into a more wooded area, if you're concerned about a feeder becoming an eyesore.
Here are some other things to consider when purchasing a fruit feeder:
- Hang the feeder somewhere animals will not be able to climb up to, or jump on.
If you don't have a good spot, try hanging on a shepherd's hook.
- Squirrel baffles are a great way to deter squirrels and other pests from climbing up a shepherd's hook or mounting post.
- Clean the fruit feeder regularly, and don't let fruit sit out in the elements for more than a day.
- Try to place your fruit feeder near a window, or another high-profile area so you can see all the action!