The feeder that attracts the most birds also happens to be the most modest, a Platform Feeder is simply an open tray with no limitations as to what and who can access the contents it holds. All you need to do is sprinkle bird feed on the tray and wait for visitors – but the visitors can often be a problem. With no restrictions, Platform Feeders are easy targets for pests like squirrels, deer, and bird feeder bullies like Crows, Starlings, and Grackles. They also offer little protection from weather – which can make it difficult to provide bird feed under the conditions when birds need it most. To combat these problems, look for Platform Feeders with a roof and consider adding a baffle to restrict access to unwanted mammalian visitors.
Birds that Use Platform Feeder
American Goldfinch American Robin Baltimore Oriole Black-Capped Chickadee Blue Jay Brown Thrasher Carolina Wren Dark-Eyed Junco Downy Woodpecker Eastern Bluebird Eastern Towhee House Finch Indigo Bunting Mourning Dove Northern Cardinal Pine Siskin Purple Finch Red-Bellied Woodpecker Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Scarlet Tanager Tufted Titmouse White-Breasted Nuthatch White-Throated Sparrow