The best bird feeders for breaking bread with your feathered friends

Give them something to tweet about.

two birds on a feeder
Please do feed the birds.Fred Tromp via Unsplash

Watching birds is fun, but heading out into the woods with a pair of binoculars isn’t for everyone. With a bird feeder, it’s easy to support a thriving community of cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, and hummingbirds right at home. You’ll discover how fascinating these little bundles of energy are, and they’ll be grateful for a reliable food source when weather conditions make meals scarce. Here are four quality feeders to help you take a wide range of North American birds under your wing.

Nature’s Hangout Window Bird Feeder with Strong Suction Cups

Nature’s Hangout Window Bird Feeder with Strong Suction Cups

A bird’s-eye view.Amazon

Enjoy crunching your breakfast cereal while a chickadee is pecking at seeds inches away from your face. This acrylic bird feeder attaches with suction cups to your window, making it possible for you to observe each other with just a pane of glass between you. Easily fill the removable tray and clean up any “crumbs” your enthusiastic avian pals have left behind. Be prepared to hear your cat chatter with primal frustration at having a snack dangled so close, yet so far away.

Audubon Avian Series Mixed Caged Bird Feeder

Audubon Avian Series Mixed Caged Bird Feeder

Squirrel seeds away from squirrels.Amazon

Are squirrels using your existing feeder as their personal vending machine? This clever cage is designed to thwart both larger birds and scheming mammals from getting to the food in the center. Fill the compartment up top and the seed will flow into the central tube outfitted with multiple openings for small birds to visit when they need a snack. This one’s made of steel, aluminum, and vinyl, so it’s tough enough to endure most things nature might throw at it.

Songbird Essentials Rubicon Suet Feeder with Tail Prop

Songbird Essentials Rubicon Suet Feeder with Tail Prop

Birds need healthy fats, too.Amazon

Suet by definition is a type of animal fat, but suet for birds doesn’t have to betray anyone’s vegetarian principles. Give insect-loving woodpeckers and tufted titmice the fuel they need in the winter with this feeder made from recycled milk jugs. A hunter-green tail prop helps large birds keep their balance as they dine.

Songbird Essentials Dr JB’s 16 oz Hummingbird Feeder

Songbird Essentials Dr JB’s 16 oz Hummingbird Feeder

Open a nectar bar.Amazon

Hummingbirds love red, but it’s your feeder that should stand out in a fiery color, not the nectar that fills their tiny bellies. Hang this attractive red feeder with flower drinking stations on your patio or balcony to attract the smallest of birds. Purchase a simple nectar formula or brew your own clear elixir, top off the glass container, and keep your ears open for the whoosh of high-powered wings.