Attracting Birds To A New Feeder
What's the best way to attract birds to a new feeder? There isn't a perfect answer for this question, but it's one we get a lot! There are times when you put up a new bird feeder and birds come to it within minutes. And, other times it can take months for the birds to come. You may notice the birds fly by a feeder and stop in mid-air as if to say "whoa, new feeder alert, turn back!"
In the fall it can be especially difficult to introduce a new feeder since there is so much natural food available. Filling new feeders half way is a good way to conserve seed from weather and also give the birds a hint that there is a new restaurant in the yard! Give the birds time to find the feeder and get used to its presence in your yard. Make sure the birds can see the feeder, as they find their food by sight. Try putting some seed on the ground or near the feeder. Above all, be patient!