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I live in South Florida and always get the same birds (Painted Bunting, Blue Jay, White-Winged Dove, Northern Cardinal, and... That's it). I'm wondering if anybody has any ideas to attract different birds, I already have a bird bath, a mixed seed feeder, a mealworm feeder and a hummingbird feeder. I'm trying to attract warblers and finches but I just can't get them to my suburban backyard, any ideas??

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If your mixed seed feeder is a tube feeder, you may want to add either a platform or a hopper feeder. Some birds like a bigger area to sit and eat from. If you want finches, I would also suggest you try feeding some brown safflower (Nutrasaff) as they love it.

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My mixed seed feeder is a hopper feeder, and are there any colors or objects that warblers like??

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I only have two warblers that visit my feeders, Pine and Yellow-rumped. They both eat mealworms, but absolutely love my homemade suet. I even had to come up with another (creative) way to feed the suet as you can see. All of the woodpeckers love this too.

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I would definitely add suet; I've been surprised at how many different birds like it. Off the top of my head, I know I've seen pine warbler, carolina wren, titmouse, chickadee, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, yellow-rumped warbler, mockingbird, and catbird all eating my suet at different times.

You might also consider a platform feeder (with a different mix than your hopper) and a thistle sock.

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I do have a couple of suet cakes in the hopper feeder, but yet same birds. what kinds of mix should i put in a platform feeder? and What is a thistle sock?

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I have three different seed mixes around my yard. One is a mix that is mainly millet. I have some of that in a tube feeder, and some in a different kind of hanging feeder. I keep a mix that has a lot of sunflower and safflower in it in my hopper. (The cardinals LOVE it.) My last mix has a little of everything, but also a lot of nuts and dried berries in it. I have to fight the squirrels, but that's what I keep in my platform feeders.

A thistle sock is just like it sounds. A sock type thing full of thistle seed. You can find them at any birding stores, or even at Walmart. That's the feeder I had hanging forever and thought birds would never feed off of it, but once they found it, they were always on it. Over the winter it was especially popular with the pine siskins and goldfinches.

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I only have two warblers that visit my feeders, Pine and Yellow-rumped. They both eat mealworms, but absolutely love my homemade suet. I even had to come up with another (creative) way to feed the suet as you can see. All of the woodpeckers love this too.

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what is your suet recipe

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Sorry, my suet recipe is the basic one. I cup Peanut Butter, I cup Crisco, I cup Cornmeal, I cup Sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup water. Melt the Peanut Butter and Crisco in the microwave for 2 minutes. Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the melted mixture. I also add in some bread crumbs, oats and raisins. Once that is all mixed up, add the water. Put the container in the refrigerator to set up. Spread it and enjoy!

On another note, I posted on another thread about your Black-capped Chickadee. If those pics are from Georgia, the only Chickadee we have is the Carolina Chickadee. You may want to correct your identifications!

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