Some feeders are designed to prevent “undesirable” birds such as Starlings like this suet feeder that can only be accessed from below
- Safety from predators
- A place to nest and raise their young (assuming that they breed in your area)
Hummingbird feeders need not be fancy. Red feeders with yellow flowers are recognized by most hummingbirds as a good source of food. This feeder is about the size of a roll of quarters and cost less than $5.00
This birdbath is heated for year-round use and can accommodate the whole family
Here is part of the same family bathing in a bath made from a large, broken flower pot and its base
Birdhouses can be made from plans easily found on the internet and can be customized for different species. This box has a wide hole to let more than one baby Tree Swallow look out at a time.
If you are a photographer, like I am, think about lighting while you make your plans. I have a spot in my yard that gets fantastic light in the afternoon. Guess where I put the Bluebird house. Most of my feeders and birdhouses can be rotated to follow the sun provide different backgrounds. I do most of my photography from a blind that keeps me out of the sun and minimizes disturbance to the birds.