No, this is not a recipe for a bird salad., but for the attracting and maximizing the cardinal experience.
Redbirds as we call them in the south, are Northern Cardinals and are small birds that are easy to spot the male as he is bright red or orange. That is why we call them redbirds. They are hardy creature, lively and sing and are generally happy. Because people are attracting them to the backyard with feeders the population is no longer in decline. Reportedly it was in decline along with many birds due to the decline in gardening.
Here are some tips for a good experience attracting and keeping redbirds.
A bird feeder is one of the easiest ways to attract many birds, and cardinals love sunflower seeds. Just the sunflower seeds along will keep them around. They do eat a variety of other seeds that are found in bird mixes and they eat flowers from trees like the Crepe Myrtle and the buds of the Tallow Tree. They also eat the red berries from the Holly bush. These red berries is what initially brought them around our home. They need caratonoids for the red color. Caratonoids is the pigment found in many plants they eat. The female redbird is not bright red like the male, but is a lovely brown and olive more earthy color theme that is very beautiful closer to them.
Redbirds love to eat off the ground, but I suggest a raised platform that is a couple feet from the ground to protect from insects, mold, cats and other hazards. This platform should be a surface that isn't very slick as they need a grip for their claws, so a very small wooden table would do as in an end table.
I use a metal frame with wood insert end table about 16” high that the top is about 10 by 12 inches and they love it. Just sprinkle about a half cup of seed twice a day for a few redbirds and watch them be happy.
Other birds as sparrows like this feeding arrangement too, but many birds such as the chickadee and finches prefer a hanging feeder. But if you are a redbird fan, you should be able to improve your experience by feeding them on a platform. They love to have other objects nearby such as lawn chairs, however there is a danger of their claws getting caught in the webbing and causing serious injury.
To maintain the feeding area, the feeder should be washed at least once a week to prevent mildew and mites. A mild soap and bleach and strong rinse will keep the mildew down and rid it from any mites. Also the sunflower shells fall to the ground and if not cleared away will pile up and eventually start composting. I suggest moving the table, or feeder before this as mites, bugs and mold will otherwise accumulate. Other than stocking the feeder, and keeping it and the surrounding area clean is keeping it away from cats and hawks. To determine the best spot, simply look around and avoid areas close to thick bushes cats hide and wide open areas that hawks can swoop down and safety is too far for the birds to get shelter.
Birds have wings and know how to use them, so this isn't necessary, nor is a bird bath, but I do suggest both if either, simply because then they have all their needs met in one area. Keep the bird bath clean and fresh, and out of hot sun as the sun can heat the water up to dangerous temperatures for the birds.
Clean it the same way as the feeder with soap and water, or mild bleach solution to kill any algea or mildew and thoroughly rinse.
Finally for the best experience with the vibrant redbird, is to get a camera , take some pics and share them with your friends. Not only will they enjoy it, but by looking at the pictures you can often see potential health problems as they arise. One might be an injury that can't be noticed while they are flying about, or damage to feathers from mites. This can go along ways to avoiding any serious problems.
The last suggestion for now is simply to be somewhat consistent in feeding them as they are the first and last birds to eat, eating early in the morning and late in the evening right before dark.
For more about the Northern Cardinal including sounds, photos and videos, see Cardinal Delights at:
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