- 1 The best mixed-seed feeder
- 2 The smaller, less expensive model
- 3 For finches
- 4 For hummingbirds
- 5 For winter feeding
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Droll Yankees 18-inch Onyx Mixed Seed Tube Bird Feeder with Removable Base
The best mixed-seed feeder
The Onyx was the sturdiest and best-built feeder we tested, yet it’s easy to take apart and clean.
Droll Yankees 15-inch Sunflower Tube Feeder
The smaller, less expensive model
This Droll Yankees feeder works just as well as the Onyx, but it doesn’t hold as much seed and lacks the removable base of our top pick.
Of all the models we tested, the Onyx was the sturdiest and best-built bird feeder we came across. It has tough metal components that secure tightly to the body of the feeder. The Onyx is also versatile enough to hold several different feed types and comes backed by a lifetime guarantee against squirrel damage. Most important, in including a removable base for easy cleaning and roomy perches, Droll Yankees has designed it with a bird’s health in mind. We tested both the 18-inch and 15-inch versions of Droll Yankees’s full seed feeder. We think most people should pay extra for the larger version, as we like how the removable base makes cleaning easier. But if it’s unavailable, you won’t regret choosing the smaller feeder.
If you want to see the fullest variety of birds in your outdoor space, you need a few different feeders. If I could have a full quiver of bird feeders to ensure the widest avian population in my garden, I’d also include the following three.
Droll Yankees Onyx Clever Clean Finch Magnet
The Onyx Clever Clean Finch Magnet feeder has mesh instead of perches for feeding.
If you want to draw finches, we recommend the Droll Yankees Onyx Clever Clean Finch Magnet. It’s part of the same line as our top pick, but instead of perches it has diamond-shaped mesh for finches to grab hold of and peck through.
Aspects 367 HummZinger Ultra
Keep ants out of your nectar with this simple and cheap hummingbird feeder.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $16.
For a simple nectar feeder, it’s hard to beat the Aspects 367 HummZinger Ultra. It’s usually under $20, and it comes extremely well-reviewed. A built-in ant moat keeps those critters out. The HummZinger is made of two plastic halves that come apart easily but are strong enough together to create a solid bird feeder. The easy disassembly also makes this model extremely easy to clean. Reviewers give it high marks for its moat and its slim feeder-port design, which together help to keep ants and wasps away from the syrup inside. In our tests, the HummZinger was easy to fill and simple to maintain. It also comes with a lifetime warranty.
Wild Birds Unlimited EcoTough Tail Prop Suet Feeder
For winter feeding
Suet cakes mix fat with berries and seeds to help keep birds well-fed in the winter. This feeder is made with post-consumer recycled plastic and has a tail prop for birds like woodpeckers.
May be out of stock
*At the time of publishing, the price was $30.
For high-calorie winter feeding, we recommend the Wild Birds Unlimited EcoTough Tail Prop Suet Feeder. This feeder is made from strong post-consumer plastic (recycled milk jugs). Although cheaper suet feeders are available, we liked the EcoTough’s built-in tail prop, which allows birds such as woodpeckers to feed in a more natural manner.
Source: The NY Times
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