Seed_eating birds that can be attracted to feeders include pine siskins, sparrows, grosbeaks, redpolls, and crossbills. These species also eat suet, but seeds will attract them to your feeder. Unsalted sunflower seeds, thistle seeds, raw crushed peanuts, millet, scratch feed, various wild grains, and canary seeds are welcomed. Commercial wild bird seed mixes can be used, but they often contain filler seeds that are not eaten by many species. Often, you can mix your own "wild bird food" more economically. Seeds can be purchased from local feed, variety, and pet stores, or ordered from catalogs. When you first start your feeder, experiment with various seeds and find out which are preferred by the birds in your area.
Use the Proper Equipment: You can't build a good, safe bird house if you don't use the right tools for the construction. Be sure you have the proper drill bits, screwdrivers, hammers, saws and other tools for building bird houses on hand, and that those tools are in good working order. Reread instructional manuals if needed, and always practice proper safety when using different tools. If you are unfamiliar with the necessary tools, you might consider a beginning woodworking or wood shop class instead – building a bird house is often a class project you can select. This will allow you to build your first bird house with expert guidance to be sure you are building it correctly and using tools properly. Along with the tools you use, you also want to have the appropriate materials for the house. Most bird house plans will suggest the best material, or you can opt for slightly different materials you may already have on hand. Recycled or upcycled materials are great for building bird houses, such as using parts of old fences, barns or other older, well_seasoned wood that birds will appreciate.