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Indiana Birds

Bird feeders serve as a charming and practical addition to any outdoor space, and the Yosha Snyder Group knows that their presence offers a delightful opportunity to connect with nature and attract a diverse array of bird species. These simple yet effective devices provide nourishment for birds year-round, especially during harsh winters or periods of habitat loss. 

Bird feeders play a vital role in supporting avian populations by providing a supplemental food source. With natural habitats dwindling due to urbanization and climate change, birdfeeders offer a lifeline for birds seeking sustenance, helping them survive and thrive in challenging environments.

Bird feeders offer enthusiasts a front-row seat to the captivating world of birdwatching. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or a casual observer, watching colorful songbirds, majestic raptors, or playful finches flock to your feeder can be a source of endless fascination and joy. They also promote biodiversity by attracting a diverse range of bird species to your backyard or garden. By offering a variety of seeds, nuts, and suet, you can cater to the dietary preferences of different birds, creating a vibrant ecosystem teeming with life and activity.

Wonder what kinds of birds a new feeder might attract?  These are some of the most popular–along with their favorite seeds to nibble on:

  1. Northern Cardinal: With its striking red plumage and distinctive crest, the Northern Cardinal is a familiar sight at bird feeders throughout Indiana. These birds are frequent visitors, especially attracted to sunflower seeds and suet.
  2. American Goldfinch: Known for their bright yellow plumage, American Goldfinches are a common sight in Indiana gardens and backyard feeders, particularly during the summer months. They are especially fond of nyjer seed and sunflower chips.
  3. Black-capped Chickadee: These small, energetic birds are known for their distinctive black cap and white cheeks. Black-capped Chickadees are frequent visitors to birdfeeders in Indiana, often enjoying sunflower seeds and suet.
  4. House Finch: House Finches are adaptable birds that can be found in a variety of habitats, including urban and suburban areas. They are often drawn to birdfeeders offering sunflower seeds and thistle (nyjer) seed.
  5. White-breasted Nuthatch: With their unique ability to climb down trees headfirst, White-breasted Nuthatches are a delight to watch at birdfeeders. They are attracted to suet, sunflower seeds, and peanuts.
  6. Downy Woodpecker: Downy Woodpeckers are frequent visitors to backyard feeders in Indiana, especially those offering suet and black oil sunflower seeds. They can often be seen clinging to tree trunks and branches in search of food.

Bird feeders are gateways to a deeper connection with nature.  You can buy bird feeders pretty much any place, especially this time of year. But an afternoon trip to Wild Birds Unlimited, the national franchise started right here in Indiana, will help guide you to the right choice for your yard. 

Whether you’re a seasoned birder like Cynthia Yosha-Snyder–just ask about her thirty bird feeders and the regular visits from feathered friends like the Rose-breasted Grosbeak–or a novice enthusiast, setting up a bird-feeder is a simple yet meaningful way to invite the beauty and magic of the avian world into your own backyard.

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