Do it yourself… BIRD FEEDERS
Help out feathered friends and enjoy their antics in your backyard with a strategically placed food source
Bird feeding is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the wildlife and having a bird feeder is a sure way to encourage birds to visit your backyard. Different types of feeders will attract different birds – there are fruit feeders, nectar feeders, fat feeders and seed feeders. Fat, fruit and seeds can be mixed together to make bird cakes.
Bread is frequently given to birds but it should not be the sole offering as birds that eat mainly bread can suffer from serious malnutrition. Never give birds honey, porridge, milk, coconut or anything mouldy.
Commercial “wild bird mix” is likely to attract a wider range of bird species than single-seed varieties. Sugar water attracts the native silvereye, bellbird and tui. Make a sugar solution of 1 part sugar to 4-5 parts water. Wellington ecosanctuary Zealandia recommends using brown sugar or raw sugar.
Position your feeder out of reach of cats and dogs, and be patient – it can take a while for birds to get used to feeding at a new spot. Keep up the food supply in winter and early spring; birds usually have enough to eat during other times of the year but may appreciate a source of drinking water in a safe place.