By increasing the variety of foods you offer, you can
increase the numbers and species of birds that visit your
backyard. A fruit feeder may attract many fruit-eating birds that might not come to traditional seed feeders.
Fruit may be offered in hanging or platform feeders, and there are specialty feeders specifically designed for the purpose of feeding fruit.
Grapes may be placed in a suet cage or on a platform feeder. They are particularly attractive to bluebirds, catbirds, cedar waxwings, house finches, mockingbirds, robins, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and scarlet tanagers.
Raisins can be offered on a platform feeder and are very attractive to bluebirds, catbirds, robins and cedar waxwings.
Orange halves, placed on a fruit feeder or spikes, are a delicacy enjoyed by Baltimore orioles, brown thrashers, catbirds, red-bellied woodpeckers, rose-breasted grosbeaks and scarlet tanagers.
Apples, cut in half and offered on a fruit feeder or sliced and offered in a platform feeder, are favorites of robins, cardinals, house finches and red-bellied woodpeckers.
Attracting fruit-eating birds can take time and patience. And it is important to keep your fruit fresh and your feeders clean. If you have mature fruit trees, bushes or vines, or if you have seen fruit-eating birds in your yard or nearby, you will more readily attract fruit-eaters.
Peanuts and almonds and other tree nuts may be offered in hanging trays, platform feeders or specially designed peanut feeders. Shelled peanuts and tree nuts are attractive to many birds, including blue jays, titmice, chickadees, woodpeckers and nuthatches. Nuts are high in fat and protein, and quite nutritious for the birds that feast on them. Peanuts in the shell are a treat for blue jays, woodpeckers, and tufted titmice.
Nuts should always be unsalted, and if possible, peanuts should be roasted. You can roast them at 350-375 degrees for 10-20 minutes.
Your birdfeeding pleasure can be enhanced by offering a greater variety of choices to our feathered friends. Fruit and nuts will make wonderful additions to your backyard buffet.