How to Attract Birds by Offering
Food at Different Levels
Birds tend to choose feeders that are at the same height where they would find food in the wild. Imitating these natural feeding levels will help you attract the most birds to your backyard.
There are two basic backyard bird feeding levels: elevated and ground.
1. Feeding at the Elevated Level - Elevated-feeding birds live in forests and suburban areas and forage for food in trees. These birds prefer sunflower seeds, safflower, sunflower chips and nuts.
To attract elevated-feeding birds, offer WBU Supreme, Choice or No-Mess Blend in a Quick-Clean® Seed Tube Feeder, hanging tray, or hopper-style feeder on an Advanced Pole System® bird feeding station.
Typical Elevated-feeding Birds
2. Feeding at the Ground Level - These birds often live in meadows/grasslands or open backyards where fallen plant seeds are a food source. Though millet is the preferred seed of most ground-feeding birds, they will eat other seeds, such as sunflower.
To attract ground-feeding birds, offer WBU Select Blend, Deluxe Blend, No-Mess CC Blend in a ground feeder like our EcoTough™ Ground Tray.
Typical Ground-feeding Birds
3. Feeding at Both Levels with One Feeder - To attract birds at both levels using one feeder, offer WBU Deluxe or No-Mess Blend in an EcoTough™ Classic hopper feeder. This feeder was designed to accommodate both feeding levels, with plenty of perching space at the feeder, plus unique notches at the ends of the feeder that allow just the right amount of food to fall to birds below. Elevated-feeding birds will eat the larger seeds at the feeder and knock out the millet for the ground-feeding birds.
Our WBU Deluxe Blend is full of sunflower seeds, millet and safflower. Sunflower and safflower lovers will eat at the feeder, and ground-feeding birds will eat the fallen millet. No-Mess cantain all shell-free seeds, such as sunflowerchips and peanuts for the upper level birds, and millet for the gorund feeders.