For decades, Project FeederWatch has been surveying bird feeding activities throughout the United States and Canada. The data collected has provided biologists with valuable insights into the habits of people that feed birds as well as the possible impacts of bird feeding on bird populations. Here are a few of the findings of this monumental study.
On the average, participants in the FeederWatch Project feed in excess of 300 pounds of seeds and 20 pounds of suet and bird “pudding” each winter.
By far, the most common offering proved to be mixed seed. In addition to mixed seed, the foods fed most often were suet, black-oil sunflower, and niger seed.
The study also found the feeders most popular among FeederWatch participants were hanging feeders (98%), suet holders (83%), and raised platforms (68%).
How does your own bird feeding activities compare to the results of this survey?