Would you like to know what food to provide in your yard to attract your favorite birds? Mix and match the following types of winter birdfeed to attract, or deter, birds and other animals to your feeding stations.
In short, sunflower seed is the most versatile; stay away from fillers such as red or golden millet.
Grosbeaks, Nuthatches, Tufted titmouse, Chickadee, Cardinal Goldfinch, House finch, Purple finch, Mourning dove, Pine siskin, Junco, Woodpeckers
Cardinal, Chickadee, Grosbeaks, Mourning dove, Native sparrows, Tufted titmouse, Purple finch
Fortunately, some of our less desired species such as house sparrow, European starling, and squirrel don’t like safflower seed, but recently, some have acquired a taste for it.
This small seed is a favorite for ground feeding birds such as Mourning Dove, Native American sparrows, Quail, Towhee, Junco, Cardinal, Indigo bunting. Unfortunately, it is also enjoyed by the Cowbird, Blackbirds and House sparrow.
Grouse, Pheasant, Turkey, Quai,l Cardinal, Grosbeaks, Crow, Raven, Jay, Dove, Ducks
Unfortunately corn is also eaten by house sparrows, cowbirds, starlings, geese, bears, raccoons, deer and more. Corn can easily harbor aflatoxins, which are naturally occurring toxins produced by a fungus affecting a variety of crops. It is harmful even in low doses. Therefore, don’t let the corn get wet. Put out only enough that can be eaten in a day in wet or humid conditions and rake up old corn.
Jay, Crow, Chickadee, Woodpeckers, Tufted Titmouse, Nuthatches
This high fat food is also a favorite of squirrels, bears, raccoons, and others that you don’t want to supplement with feed. Keep peanuts dry as they also may contain aflatoxins and put out only that which can be eaten within the day.
Quails, Mourning dove, Goldfinch, House finch, Purple finch, Juncos
Goldfinch, House finch, Purple finch, Indigo bunting, Mourning Dove, Dark-eyed junco, Pine siskin
Chickadee, Nuthatches, Tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, Woodpeckers
A favorite of insect-eating birds such as:
Bluebirds, Flickers, Woodpeckers
Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Bluebird
Red millet, Golden millet, or Flax. These are fillers. None of our birds prefer them, and in fact discard them for more preferable seed. If left on the ground they get moldy and harbor disease-producing organisms such as fungi and bacteria.
Get a new hobby by joining Project FeederWatch, a bird counting program through Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Count birds that come to your feeder or water source November to April. Novice to expert bird watchers can participate. Its not too late to sign up. Go to Project FeederWatch for more information and to sign up.
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