In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and Massachusetts Audubon Naturalist Tia Pinney discuss birdfeeders.
1. Use black-oil sunflower seeds to attract the widest variety of birds.
2. Hang a suet basket to provide high-energy food for birds, especially in winter.
3. Tube feeders with metal guards prevent damage from squirrels.
4. Caged feeders keep out squirrels and large birds.
5. Platform feeders are best for larger birds and ground-feeding species.
6. Use a squirrel baffle to prevent squirrels from climbing up to feeder.
7. Install a birdbath to provide water for birds. Use an electric heater to prevent the water from freezing.