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Sunday, October 22, 2017

A better feeder for cardinals

Do cardinal pairs stay together throughout the winter? Also my cardinal is having trouble perching on my tube feeder. Is there a better feeder for cardinals?

All cardinals join flocks during non-breeding season. These flocks are temporary groups with a composition that changes continuously. About 60% of adult cardinals survive from one year to the next, which means 40% of adult cardinals die each year. Some of this mortality occurs during the breeding season, but most deaths occur during the winter.

A female cardinal may separate herself from a flock if her mate from the previous season is killed. The surviving cardinal takes this opportunity to evaluate other individuals as potential mates.

By February, pairs are formed in earnest, territories are established and flocks begin to disband. A well stocked feeding station and a bath along with the proper shrubs for food and shelter will ensure you an up close look into the life of a cardinal year round.

You may be able to add a perching tray to tube feeders that have perches that are too small. Wild Birds Unlimited tube feeders all have optional trays that can be added. I use a Decorative Seed Cylinder feeder with a Safflower Cylinder to attract the cardinals. Safflower is very attractive to Northern Cardinals and House Finches but not some of the other bossier birds.

Source: Wild Bird Guides-Northern Cardinal by Gary Ritchison

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