I saw this handsome fellow outside my kitchen window today!I would love to add a few bird feeders around my house. Any recommendations?(Why can't I add a picture with my initial post?)
Always glad to see a new birder. I have been maintaining, for several decades, 6 hanging tube feeders, two open hanging platform feeders, 2 hanging suet cage feeders and 1 covered platform feeder on a post. Also have 9 hummer feeders going in the summer. A few pointers for a newbie. Feeders will attract critters of all kinds. Use some form of baffle on a post or pole. Feeders need to be cleaned regularly, get one that is easy to disassemble. Squirrels and racoons will destroy plastics feeders. I have had good luck with Yankee Droll feeders and you can buy new tubes as needed. Dozens of brands of birdseed, some better than others. Quality birdseed is expensive - I go through 20 plus lbs of seed every month. My best bang for the buck has been using 3-D brand from Walmart and Coles brand sold at most Ace Hardwares. Feeders left in place over a period of time will leave a mess of hulls on the ground so I would avoid placing them in prized landscape areas.