The Bottom Line
Perfect for feeding winter backyard birds, the Snowman bird feeder from Duncraft is a cheerful design that will brighten any winter backyard. Combined with the overall quality of a Duncraft feeder, this snowman will be a winter favorite for years.
- Durable, all-metal construction resists squirrels and other pests.
- Open mesh feeding can accommodate many birds.
- Hat may be stiff to remove for difficulty refilling.
- Open mesh offers no protection from moisture.
- Name: Snowman Feeder
- Manufacturer: Duncraft
- Feeder Type: Seed mesh (large)
- Height: 15" (38.1 cm); 23" (58.4 cm) including hanger
- Width: 5.5" (14.0 cm) at the widest point
- Capacity: 1-2 pounds depending on seed choice
- Construction: Metal
- Price: $24.95 (via Duncraft; prices from other retailers may vary)
Guide Review - Snowman Bird Feeder
At first glance, the Snowman bird feeder from Duncraft may seem like just a novelty feeder, but it is much more. With its all metal construction – from the stovepipe hat and "carrot nose" to all three of the mesh "snowballs" that form the body – this is a durable, squirrel-resistant feeder. The large capacity is perfect for winter and will require filling less frequently, and the open mesh will accommodate many clinging birds to feed simultaneously.
Interior drainage holes on each tier help keep seed dry, but there is no external cover to protect the feeder from moisture; birders may want to place the feeder in a protected area. The flat bottoms and narrow connecting holes between tiers leave a ledge where uneaten seed can potentially accumulate out of birds' reach, but the amount is negligible compared to the feeder's capacity.
The vinyl coated metal mesh that makes up the bulk of this snowman is suitably sized for whole or hulled sunflower seeds, safflower seeds or a good quality mixed birdseed. The holes are too small for feeding peanuts, and too large for Nyjer or plain millet. To refill the feeder, simply pop off the snowman's stovepipe hat – stiff springs hold the hat in place and the brim is flush with the top of the snowman to prevent tampering by industrious pests.
Small and medium clinging birds will love this feeder: sparrows, finches, titmice, nuthatches and others. Because there are no perches, larger birds will not be comfortable feeding on the snowman for long periods, which saves more seed for smaller birds. The surprisingly large capacity of the feeder (exact capacity depends on the seed offered) is perfect for winter feeding and will keep backyard birds happy for good periods of time.
The Snowman bird feeder from Duncraft is a whimsical delight perfect to add to any winter backyard in any climate. Easy, convenient and unique, this feeder makes a great gift for birders to give or receive, and one that is durable enough to be enjoyed for many years.