To encourage Northern Cardinals, sometimes named Red Birds, to feed and remain around your home, setting up a small sized fly through feeder near any good source of cover will work perfectly. It is the protective cover of good dense vegetation that is key to holding cardinals. At my home, I have allowed a large bramble to grow out of control specifically for the birds and it now covers about 400 square feet in the middle of the yard. Fortunately, my wife loves the birds too and approves of the big bramble. In the wintertime it is common to have 6 to 12 pairs of mated cardinals enjoying the protective cover of the bramble. From their protected haven, a small pole mounted fly through feeder is just twenty feet away. Although there are several other feeders located within easy reach of the bramble, the fly through is used in turn all day long by each of the cardinals.
If you do not have or do not wish to have a big messy bramble in your yard, set up a good cardinal feeder close to any kind of vegetative cover. It can be as simple as a large bush or close to a grove of trees. Any type of cover will attract and hold cardinals. The more there is, the dense it is, the messier it is, the better. As in my own case, there is nothing more picturesque than the bramble covered in fresh snow dotted with the beauty of our ever loved Red Birds. Seek good cover for your bird feeder and the cardinals will follow soon.
Peter Hurley has been an active nature lover and wildlife enthusiast his entire life and is the owner of The Hurley-Byrd Bird Feeder Co. His vast experience with wildlife has led him to produce some of the finest bird, deer and wildlife feeders in the world.