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Bird- table or bird feeder is a platform on which food for birds is
placed, usually in a garden. Bird feeders offer the best way to turn your
own backyard into a mini oasis for the wild birds in your area.


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Bird- table or bird feeder is a platform on which food for birds is
placed, usually in a garden. Bird feeders offer the best way to turn your
own backyard into a mini oasis for the wild birds in your


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Bird- table or bird feeder is a platform on which food for birds is
placed, usually in a garden. Bird feeders offer the best way to turn your
own backyard into a mini oasis for the wild birds in your area. They are
usually filled with a variety of grains to suit the different species of
our feathered friends. The most popular varieties of seeds include
millet, safflower, sunflower and thistle.

Apart from satisfying the hunger of birds, bird feeders also provide an
excellent ornithological treat. To everyone’s surprise the conglomeration
of the rarest species of birds are often witnessed in our very own
backyards rather than go miles in search of a bird sanctuary. To capture
the essence of bird behavior, modern bird feeders are fitted with web
cams. Bird feeders come in different varieties and design depending upon
the species of bird they cater to. The most common types are ground
feeder, seed tube feeder, humming bird feeder, suet feeder, oriole feeder
etc.

Seed feeders are very much popular; they come either with tubes or
hoppers. Mainly these feeders are laden with sunflower seeds to attract
birds like chickadees, nuthatches, siskins and finches. They usually have
a partition to segregate the different types of seeds. A suet feeder
comprises of a cage like structure made of metal, coated with plastic. It
is this plastic that contains a cake or suet. Suet is basically a bird
feed containing animal fat, which prevent the feed from turning rancid
and protect it from the adverse effects of moisture. Also they could be
hung from windows or any tree tops thus giving us a clear view of the
birds in action. These bird feeders attract birds like woodpeckers and
flickers.

Unlike the seed feeders Humming bird feeders offer the feed in a liquid
form. This usually consists of sugary syrup solution that is particularly
preferred by humming birds. To attract the bird, the solution is painted
in bright color. But care should be taken while choosing the coloring
material, for often birds fall ill to harmful coloring agents.
Oriole feeders are orange in color. They too supply a liquid form of
nourishment. They specially cater to new world orioles, a species of
birds having a uniquely pointed beak and tongue. Apart from the quality
of the feed provided in a feeder, the success of a feeder largely depends
on the strategic location on which it is placed, its remote proximity
from intruders like squirrels and cats. Squirrels pose a persistent
problem for the birds as they tend to carry away the feed to their home,
distorting our entire objective of feeding the birds. The best way to
deal with them is to build feeders that can withstand the weight of a
bird and collapse under any further weight.

In spite of the various advantages it offers to the birds, feeders still
do have their own negative impacts on the bird community. The water and
feed if not maintained clean would lead to spread of diseases among birds
as they come in contact with one another. It also leads to the growth of
certain dominant species leading to an ecological imbalance. So go get
yourself a bird feeder and experience the vicarious thrill experienced by
our avian fellow mates.

				
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