what type of birds can i attract with a feeder?


by MrWee

Question by KNOW-IT-ALL: what type of birds can i attract with a feeder?
i Live in Central toronto and was wondering what birds i could attract to my feeder during the fall migration. i have a suet feeder, ground feeder, tube feeder and platform feeder.

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Answer by haans42
The birds you will attract will be mostly passerine (songbird) species that eat a variety of foods. You probably will not attract insectivorous species like warblers and flycatchers. You will also attract woodpecker species.

Here is a partial list of possible species based upon being in Toronto during fall migration:

Mourning Dove

Downy Woodpecker,
Harry Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Black-Capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
American Crow
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Evening Grosbeak
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Purple Finch
House Finch
Indigo Bunting
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

On the ground below the feeders you may get various sparrows

Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Eastern or Rufous-sided Towhee

Also 2 non native species will most likely visit:
House Sparrow
European Starling

This list is by no means complete. Different things do show up; and what shows up also depends upon the type of food you put out. Additionally bird activity attracts other birds who may not use the feeder but will feed around the feeders. Birds like Ruby Crowned Kinglet and Golden Crowned Kinglet. It also depends on surrounding habitat. If there are no trees nearby you will get very little variety.

Good Luck!

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Pheasants.

Central Toronto huh? Are there woods close? What do you attract now? …. Well, whatever you get, enjoy it. Don’t forget the orange flavored suet cake for the starlings. A dripping bird bath might be a worthwhile gadget. And another thing that is helpful is having places to perch at your eye level. Small dead trees positioned about increase viewing opportunities.

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