I love cardinals. They are beautiful and have an endearing chirp and show some fidelity to particular sites, so it’s likely I’m seeing the same few pairs all the time.
Here are some ways to encourage cardinals to visit your backyard!
- Choosing larger, heavier feeders that will not sway, or placing feeders on sturdy poles rather than hanging them to provide more stability when cardinals are feeding.
- Placing a tray or platform beneath hanging feeders or feeders with narrow perches to provide better space for these large songbirds to feed.
- Ensuring feeders are filled early in the morning and late in the evening, as these birds are often the first and last to visit feeders each day.
- Keeping feeders filled even during the stormiest winter days. Because cardinals stay in the same range year-round, they will become accustomed to a reliable food source.
- Leaving high, open perches on trees to provide perching space for singing cardinals, particularly during the spring and early summer when breeding season begins.
- Covering reflective surfaces such as glaring windows, car mirrors and chrome equipment that could distract cardinals. These aggressive birds will attack their own reflections, and doing so causes excessive stress that may make the birds seek another yard to frequent.
June 24, 2012, 11:50am