A birdfeeder, bird feeder, bird table, or tray feeder are devices placed outdoors to supply bird food to birds (bird feeding). The success of a bird feeder in attracting birds depends upon its placement and the kinds of foods offered, as different species have different preferences.
Most bird feeders supply seeds or bird food, such as Millet, Sunflower (Oil and Striped), Safflower, Niger seed, and rapeseed or canola seed to seed-eating birds.
Bird feeders often are used for birdwatching and many people keep webcams trained on feeders where birds often congregate.
... Think of a cardinal at a bird feeder for the dispersion economy ... We might see a group of birds foraging at that bird feeder but it is not in the best interest of the cardinal for any of the other birds to be there too ... The amount of food the cardinal can get from that bird feeder depends on how much it can take from the bird feeder but also depends on how much the other birds ...
... Feeding wild birds does carry potential risks ... Birds may contract and spread disease by gathering at feeders poorly maintained feeding and watering stations may also cause illness ... Birds at feeders risk predation by cats and other animals, or may incur injury by flying into windows ...
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