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Hopper Feeders

Hopper feeders are one of the most popular styles. Some of their features include:
    •    Different sizes
    •    Large hopper feeders do not need to be refilled as often as some tube feeder designs
    •    Manufactured in a variety of styles and designs
    •    Easy to fill and easy to clean
    •    Attracts a large variety of birds

hopper feeders

A typical wooden hopper feeder is shown on the left above.
 The Gazebo-shaped feeder on the right is similar in function to hopper feeders.

Some hopper feeders have a spring-loaded arm that can cover the feeder ports. Birds are too light to move the arm. When squirrels land on the arm, it lowers and covers the feeder ports.

    • Hopper feeders are available in different types of wood. Treated lumbar should not be used in feeders. Cedar or fur are good choices.
    • Several manufacturers are now making hopper feeders out of recycled materials. These feeders look nice and last forever.
    • Check the design carefully. Some hopper feeders are hard to clean.

Birding Quick Hits

Blue Jays do Johnny Appleseed one better.  After the retreat of the last ice age, oak trees spread back north faster than might have been expected.  There is speculation that Blue Jays helped the process by caching acorns underground, some of which grew into new trees.