10 Outdoor Accessories Every Bird Lover Needs
Transform your backyard into a birding paradise with these useful outdoor accessories.
Attracting birds to your outdoor space is a fun and rewarding experience. Studies have shown that seeing and hearing birds can make you happy. Birding is a popular hobby because there’s little to no investment to get started, and people of all ages can enjoy birding no matter where they live. Whether you want to get started in birding or transform your yard into a bird paradise, here are some best outdoor accessories for bird lovers to get them to flock to your space.
1. Brome Squirrel Solution200 Squirrel-proof Bird Feeder
Bird feeders are the easiest and fastest ways to lure birds to your outdoor space. Unfortunately, squirrels like birdseed as much as birds. Thankfully, squirrel-proof bird feeders provide easy access for our feathered friends while keeping pesky seed marauders out. The Broome Squirrel Solution200 uses a tension spring system to prevent squirrels from accessing the seeds. It’s durable, attractive, and will allow six birds to feed at once.
2. More Birds 38194 SeedFeed Stokes Select Finch Feeder
Although finches will eat various seeds, they prefer Nyjer seed (thistle seed). These seeds are higher in oil content, thus providing birds with the energy they need, especially during winter. Thistle seed is tiny, expensive, and requires a specialty feeder to dispense it. The More Birds 38194 SeedFeed Stokes Select Finch Feeder features a wire mesh, tube-shaped construction with a cheery flower-shaped yellow top. It brings color to your bird feeding station while providing easy seed access to thistle lovers.
3. Nature’s Way Cedar Platform Tray Bird Feeder
Platform bird feeders attract the widest variety of species because you are not restricted by the type of seed or any bird food product (fruit, suet, bluebird nuggets) to be used in the feeder. The Nature’s Way Cedar Platform Tray Bird Feeder requires no assembly and easily attracts a variety of birds as well as ground feeders such as juncos, doves, and sparrows.
4. Birds Choice SNTP Recycled Single Cake Suet Feeder
Suet is a quick source of energy for active birds. It can be offered year-round and is especially good for birds in fall and winter. The Birds Choice SNTP Recycled Single Cake Tail Prop Suet Feeder is perfect for attracting birds, including nuthatches, woodpeckers, and jays. It’s a single-cake feeder with an extra-long tail prop that helps balance the feeder so larger birds, like pileated woodpeckers, can feed comfortably in a stable position.
5. Aspects HummZinger HighView Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbird feeders are a great supplemental nectar source for your local hummingbirds, especially during early spring and late fall when there aren’t as many blooming flowers available. The Aspects HummZinger Highview feeder is a dish-style hummingbird feeder made of durable polycarbonate built to last. It’s simple to fill and clean, and the hummers are attracted to the bright red color.
6. Style Selections 84-in Black Metal Traditional Shepherd’s Hook
Shepherd’s hooks are a convenient way to hang bird feeders and other garden decor nearly anywhere in your yard. The Style Selections 84-in Black Metal Traditional Shepherd’s Hook features a powder-coated black finish that resists rusting and a double garden hook for added strength. Best of all, it allows you to hang two bird feeders!
7. Audubon Red Cedar Bird House
Some birds build nests in natural cavities or speciality boxes to raise their young. The Audubon Red Cedar Bird House is designed for bluebirds, but other cavities nesters, such as tree swallows, chickadees, house wrens, and house sparrows, can also take up home in a bluebird box. Constructed from durable cedarwood, the front panel also opens for nest checks and seasonal cleaning, along with a brass latch at the base that keeps it securely closed.
8. Sunnydaze Classic Outdoor Ceramic Bird Bath
Birds need access to clean water daily. The Sunnydaze Classic Outdoor Ceramic Bird Bath is a classic pedestal-style bird bath made from genuine ceramic and features a shiny frost-resistant glaze finish. It’s a practical and lovely way to add visual interest while providing a necessary resource.
9. Aisitin 3.5W Solar Fountain
Moving water helps attract birds’ attention, bringing them to your yard. The Aisitin 3.5W Solar Fountain is an inexpensive way to add a water feature to your yard without the need for electrical work. Best of all, it easily pops into any existing bird bath. The solar fountain features six nozzles with fun spray patterns, allowing you to customize fountain spray effects.
10. 200-watt API Bucket or Bird Bath Deicer
Birds always need a fresh water source, especially in the middle of winter. Keep your bird bath ice-free with the 200-watt API Bucket or Bird Bath Deicer. This bird bath heater helps keep water from freezing in bird baths that do not have built-in heaters. It also features a built-in thermostat that conserves energy on warmer days when the water doesn’t need heating.
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on May 26, 2023.