Ground bird feeders can also be manufactured or homemade structures.
They have some distinct advantages to just tossing seed on the ground.
Although shelter from the wind and a refuge like a tree or bush, as mentioned above, are also very important factors for human made ground feeders.
Any raised flat surface, a foot off the ground is considered a ground feeder.
Some additional features though, will greatly enhance the enjoyment and use of this type of feeder.
To make a wind barrier erect wire fencing on the windward side of the location where you choose for your ground feeder. Cedar boughs can then be woven through the wires or attached to the fencing.
You can also build a brush pile close to the ground feeder as a weather barrier and for a place the wild birds can flee to in case of a predator.
Sprinkle a mixture of whole corn kernels, cracked corn, black oil sunflower seed, striped sunflower seed, white millet, buckwheat, sorghum or a type of sorghum, called milo on the feeding surface of your feeder.
This mixture will be well received by Mourning Doves, some types of Sparrows, Juncos, Pigeons and a variety of your usual backyard feeder birds.
If you are close to open country or forest your ground bird feeder may also attract gallinaceous birds.
These birds nest on the ground and fly short distances, such as domestic fowls, pheasants, grouse, quails and wild turkeys.
Of course Mourning Doves will try to own your ground feeder. ;)
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