Feeding Birds Niger Seeds Part Two


Welcome to Part Two of TLLG's info NIGER feeders. I first referred to NIGER feeders in my 7-9-13 entry here on HT, and in yesterday's post , I provided some details about a NIGER feeder whose screen can be changed to allow the feeder to become a peanut-feeder.
So as to not be redundant in this entry re facts (about NIGER feeders and NIGER seeds) that have been discussed in my previous posts, this entry will focus on another variety of NIGER feeders.
The type featured here is a hanging variety with an attached tray where birds can either "stand" or eat from. However, when I first procured this feeder, finding a place to hang it from was problematic, so I set the feeder atop various surfaces in my garden.
I am sharing this feeder placement with you in the event that you have a similar issue (places to hang feeders) in your garden. A few of my visiting birds' response to the Yellow NIGER Feeder can be seen in the six images below.
Dark-Eyed Junco Posing for the Camera (from behind the Yellow NIGER Feeder! DETAILS on the junco @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/03/waiting-for-spring.html
Dark-Eyed Junco Posing for the Camera (from behind the Yellow NIGER Feeder! DETAILS on the junco @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/03/waiting-for-spring.html
A pair of juncoes share a moment at the Yellow NIGER feeder @  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=467617889954256&set=pb.247917655257615.-2207520000.1373554300.&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-frc1%2F2506
A pair of juncoes share a moment at the Yellow NIGER feeder @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=467617889954256&set=pb.247917655257615.-2207520000.1373554300.&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fsphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-frc1%2F2506
Dark-Eyed Junco contemplates to eat OR not to eat from the Yellow NIGER Feeder!  DETAILS on the junco @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/03/waiting-for-spring.html
Dark-Eyed Junco contemplates to eat OR not to eat from the Yellow NIGER Feeder! DETAILS on the junco @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/2013/03/waiting-for-spring.html
A pair of Mourning Doves meet for lunch at the Yellow NIGER Feeder. INFO on Mourning Doves @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/search/label/Mourning%20Doves AS WELL AS @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/search/Mourning+Doves
A pair of Mourning Doves meet for lunch at the Yellow NIGER Feeder. INFO on Mourning Doves @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/search/label/Mourning%20Doves AS WELL AS @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/search/Mourning+Doves
A lone mourning dove  pauses before noshing from the Yellow NIGER Feeder. INFO on Mourning Doves @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/search/label/Mourning%20Doves AS WELL AS @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/search/Mourning+Dove
A lone mourning dove pauses before noshing from the Yellow NIGER Feeder. INFO on Mourning Doves @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/search/label/Mourning%20Doves AS WELL AS @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/search/Mourning+Dove
A lone mourning dove noshes from the Yellow NIGER Feeder. INFO on Mourning Doves @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/search/label/Mourning%20Doves AS WELL AS @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/search/Mourning+Doves
A lone mourning dove noshes from the Yellow NIGER Feeder. INFO on Mourning Doves @ http://www.thelastleafgardener.com/search/label/Mourning%20Doves AS WELL AS @ http://thelastleafgardener.tumblr.com/search/Mourning+Doves

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  • Val
    on Apr 16, 2014

    Love this, Patricia! We go through Niger seed like crazy here. Our little American Goldfinches can't get enough of it. Can't wait for them to come back each spring! Val

    • TheLastLeafGardener
      on Apr 27, 2014

      @Val Thanks for your kind words re my post. Alas, I no longer have this feeder, I gave it it to a dear friend's brother and sister-in-law as they have an array of gold finches visit them in New Port Beach California. I figured since I was unable to attract any gold finches or other song birds to this feeder, I wanted to give it to someone who could have success with it.* It's true that a couple of dark-eyed juncoes did dine (at my yellow Niger feeder) occasionally, but Niger seed was not their favorite. The only other Niger eaters were mourning doves, but even those birds only ate it when I had run out of safflower or black oil seeds. The upshot is I was going through a lot of Niger seed, but it was from having to toss out rain drenched seeds instead of running out of it because birds had eaten it! * Hearing your enthusiasm causes me to wish I'd been able to give the feeder to you! The folks I gave the feeder to (including a supply of Niger seeds) said very little about it (although they initially mentioned gold finches dined from it) and I have no idea if they continued to use it once the seeds were gone! I wish you well with your feathered friends!

  • Sue Kiene
    on May 31, 2016

    I have found with bigger feeders and Niger seed you sometimes sacrifice the finches. I have a regular feeding area for the bigger birds and a separate area for my smaller finch feeder. The bigger birds cannot easily land on it and the finches, canaries etc. are not having to fight their way in to eat. Also for all you finch feeders out there, finch feed, is not finch feed is not finch feed. Mine love the Niger seed but the off brand that many places carry which is cheaper, my little children say no no no. Like trying to feed spinach to a kid that hates it LOL

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