This is my current bird feeder setup. There are four different feeders along with a bird bath seen hanging up in the top right of the picture. My birdfeeder is located on the far east corner of Wichita, very close to Andover. Behind my feeders is a large cotton field, which I’m sure makes a lot of the birds feel more comfortable since they have all that nature around.
I typically take my photos about twenty to thirty feet from the feeder either from my window inside or right outside. The birds get skittish if I get much closer than that. My camera is decent, but not great. It serves its purpose, though I’m hoping to upgrade at some point. Unless otherwise specified, every single picture on my website is taken by me.
The feeders are mounted on a pole I bought from Backyard Nature Center here in Wichita. I’m not sure what brand it is. It might also be Birds Choice, as the ones on Amazon looks similar. Unlike the one which broke, this is one solid thick piece of metal. I expect it to hold up much better.
The feeder at the top right is a Birds Choice platform feeder. I’m not sure which size it is, but it’s a simple tray-type feeder with a grated bottom that helps to keep the seed dry. Since I’ve added a newer, larger platform feeder, I mostly use this one as a “backup” feeder with sunflower seeds. My goal was to give a second spot for more timid birds to visit or possibly a place for the starlings to go instead of the main feeder where it’s easier to photograph. Platform feeders are the favorites of most birds who visit.
The tray feeder in the middle of the pole is also from Birds Choice. I really appreciate the simplicity of a tray feeder. You can get a lot of birds on it at once and it’s easy to mix and match seed combinations to really treat the birds. The one I have is mounted to the pole using this flange. It’s nice having it off the hooks where it won’t sway with the wind and gives extra space. If you want to mount it on a pole like mine, you’ll need the flange. It’s compatible with a 1 inch pole.
The pictures are now outdated as I have removed the white feeder that looks like a lamp and replaced it with a caged tube feeder. The holes in the cage are large enough for a bird about the size of a bluebird, but too small for something as big as a starling or grackle. I set it up so I could keep the “good stuff” out but not have to worry about the pests eating the expensive seeds. So far, it works great. The finches especially love it! It’s from a brand called Woodlink and it’s my first product of theirs. So far, so good!
Not pictured is an upside-down suet feeder, once again from Birds Choice. The starlings absolutely love suet and went ape over the regular cage suet feeder I put out. With the upside-down feeder, the birds can only access the suet from the bottom. Woodpeckers and chickadees don’t care, they’re acrobats, but starlings aren’t quite so skilled and have to work harder to get it. The feeder won’t eliminate the problem entirely, but it helps. I don’t have any pictures of birds actually using it yet. I’m not sure they’ve figured it out yet.
Finally, the tube feeder at the back is from Droll Yankee. For a Nyjer feeder, I can’t recommend it enough The bottom is removable for easy cleaning and besides the tube itself, most of the parts are metal. The feeder is specifically made for nyjer seed, which pretty much only finches will eat, but I have it with a finch blend from Audubon which includes crushed sunflower seed in addition to nyjer. The sunflower is just small enough that it can still fit through the holes. The advantage here is that the finches have something to eat where they won’t be disturbed by larger birds.
At the front is a cheap bird bath I bought from Lowe’s. I’m going to upgrade that at some point, but the bird bath was one of the best investments I made. To really get birds to visit, providing food, water, and shelter helps.
So far, I’ve identified the following species at, or around, my feeder:
I will update this page with new birds spotted whenever I see them. Right now, spring is just beginning and the winter birds will start to flock north while the summer birds will return.
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