Because different birds have different feeding habits, it is best to set up several feeding stations. Mourning doves, sparrows and juncos prefer to feed on the ground. Woodpeckers, nuthatches, tufted titmice and chickadees prefer to eat from swinging feeders. They will also dine at small devices attached to trees. Others prefer stable platforms.
Encouraging birds to feed at different levels and widely spaced places will reduce friction and will attract more species. Some, such as purple finches and evening grosbeaks, will even feed from second-story-window feeders. If there are cats in the neighborhood, it is good to keep feeders away from cover. A cat out in the open where birds can see it presents no problem. It’s another story when the cat is concealed under a bush near feeding birds.