Attract Cardinals to Your Backyard

They are big, colorful and easy to see. That's why it's always good to have cardinals around. The tips below are designed to make your life easier and help you welcome these great new friends.

The Right Food

Preferred food: Cardinals’ favorites include black oil sunflower seeds and safflower seeds, but all enjoy other large seeds, cracked corn, peanut pieces, fresh berries, and apple chunks.

Water Source

Cardinals visit bird baths for both drinking and bathing. They are of the larger songbirds so a larger bird bath is ideal, but not completely necessary.


Cardinals typically feed early in the morning and late in the evening. So make sure your feeders are consistently filled at these times to make your backyard the go to spot for these redbirds

The Right Feeder

Cardinals are larger birds so they’re going to want a larger feeder to not only provide them with more food, but also reduce the sway of the feeder. An excellent alternative is the Cottage Feeder and mounting it to a pole or tree.

Shelter is another ideal element for attracting Cardinals. Pair any of our hanging feeders with the Baffle Dome to provide coverage. The Cottage addresses both elements that appeal to Cardinals making them the most ideal feeders

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