Bird Feeding 101

Discover How to Get Started in the Backyard Bird Feeding Hobby!

Welcome to the backyard bird feeding hobby! Our hope is to show you just how easy it is to start attracting birds to your backyard with a few simple essentials. Browse this page for more, and of course, feel free to ask us, your neighborhood backyard bird feeding experts!


Where do you envision feeding your birds? Off your deck? Out in the yard? Hanging from a fence? Remember to pick a spot that you can see easily from  your house and that is free from predators. We typically advise an area with 8’ clearance on all sides and at least 4’ from the ground that is near bushes, shrubs or trees to provide cover. Whatever your pick, we have several options, whether you decide to mount or hang your feeder.


Feeding and viewing birds right from your deck is so much fun.Get up close and personal with your feathered friends by using our rail mounts. Simply add a hanger or hook and you are ready to go! Start with one feeder and expand at will as you get more and more into the hobby. Try multiple tube, hopper or mesh feeders and see who you attract!

Wild Bird Center’s PoleWise® system makes it easy to set -up your feeder and expand at will. First pick your height and corresponding poles. If you decide to set up your feeder in the yard, use our ground auger. If patio viewing is more your style, try our patio mount. We can work with you to pick the brackets, arms and hooks to create the perfect set-up for YOUR yard, just ask! Pesky squirrels got you down? Add a baffle and watch your birds enjoy peaceful eating once again!

If you decide to hang your feeder off a wall or even a tree, our PoleWise® wall mounts are the perfect solution. Simply screw into surface and hang your feeder.


Ready to get to the fun part? Time to pick your feeder! Start with either a Hopper or Tube feeder for instant results.


Hopper feeders are the classic backyard bird feeder. Available in both wood and synthetic lumber for the environmentally-concious, the storage ‘hopper’ continuously replenishes the seed as it is consumed. All hopper feeders feature roof lines that protect your birds and seed from the weather and drainage to keep seed fresh. Hopper feeders attract a wide variety of birds such as chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, cardinals and more!

Tube feeders work great in compact areas and can be grouped in a feeding station. Our mixed seed tube feeder can be used with any Wild Bird seed (except Nyjer). Tube feeders provide multiple ports for birds to perch while eating. Available in environmentally friendly Going Green (our recycled option) as well.


Simply put, better seed makes for a better backyard bird feeding experience. But what makes better seed? Quality bird seed contains only grains consumed by typical backyard birds and no fillers. All Wild Bird Center seed contain only the freshest ingredients to attract a wide variety of birds or specific birds. Our top recommendations for the beginner birder are listed below. Each one is a premium blend designed to bring color and song to your yard. Try different blends and discover which one you like best!


Blended to attract a wide variety of birds, this premium blend of Black Oil Sunflower, Sunflower Hearts, Millet, Peanuts and Stripe Sunflower works in all seed feeders. Good for both perching birds and ground feeding birds.


A premium, no-millet blend formulated to attract a wide variety of colorful songbirds.  A favorite meal for chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals and other colorful flying friends. Less attractive to ground feeders and sparrows.


When cleanliness counts, PatioWise is the smart choice! A blend of Hulled Sunflower and Peanuts with a touch of Hulled Pumpkin seed, this no-shell blend attracts perching birds and keeps your patio, deck and garden clean. Excellent for titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers and more.


In addition to the basics, we have much more to enhance the bird feeding experience. Discover our wide selection of nest boxes, decorative baths, specialized feeders, garden decor, accessories, hardware and more. We hope you enjoy your first foray into the hobby and can’t wait for you to discover more!