The enduring favorite, a traditional feeder typically looks like a small building fit for a gathering of peckish, feathered socialites. Because they often look like miniature houses, barns, lanterns or gazebos, traditional feeders are decorative additions to the garden whether they draw avian visitors or not. Though the materials vary, most are made of wood or metal for durability and may include a glass window to display their bounty.
While many modern feeders take a more minimalist approach, such as a colorful glazed cup feeders on posts or the sleek glass and polished metal of the nyjer seed feeders, traditional feeders often feature structural elements that give them a cosy charm, such as slanted roofs to keep out the rain and a generous platform or perching area. Some might also include fanciful elements such as faux windows, doors and shingles.
The larger size and ample perching space also make traditional feeders an easy target for squirrels, who might see the feeder as an all-you-can-eat buffet. To keep these competitors at bay, some traditional feeders employ a squirrel cone or slippery piping on the supporting post or wire to make them more difficult to scale. Unfortunately, the clever rodents will often launch themselves onto the feeder from a nearby shrub or tree. Posting a feeder at least 2 to 3 metres from the nearest greenery will help deter them.