The key to attracting colorful birds to your backyard is understanding who eats what.
Over 100 North American bird species supplement their natural diets with birdseed, suet, fruit and nectar obtained from feeders. Bird feeding can benefit birds and also provides great bird watching from your own backyard. Try offering a variety of seeds in separate feeders as different birds are attracted by different kinds of seed. Just make sure that the seed is compatible with both the feeder and the birds you hope to attract; homemade recipes offer even more options.
Black-oil seed is the preferred seed of many small feeder birds, especially in northern latitudes. Striped sunflower seed is also readily eaten, especially by large-beaked birds. Hulled sunflower seed is consumed by the greatest variety of birds; it attracts jays, red-bellied woodpeckers, finches, goldfinches, northern cardinals, evening grosbeaks, pine grosbeaks, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and grackles.
White millet is the favorite food of most small beaked ground-feeding birds; red millet is also readily eaten. Millet attracts quail, doves, juncos, sparrows, towhees, cowbirds, and red-winged black birds.
Medium cracked corn attracts many species of ground-feeding birds, but it is vulnerable to rot, since the interior of the kernel readily soaks up moisture. Feed small amounts, mixed with millet, on feeding tables or from watertight hopper feeders. Avoid fine cracked corn, since it quickly turns to mush; coarse cracked corn is too large for small-beaked birds. Cracked corn attracts pheasants, quail, doves, crows, jays, sparrows, juncos, and towhees.
A preferred food of American goldfinches, lesser goldfinches, house finches, and common redpolls, nyjer is sometimes called "black gold," because it costs about $1.50 per pound. Do not confuse it with prickly thistle, a pink-flowered weed used by goldfinches to line their nests.
Suet (beef fat and seed)
This mixture attracts insect-eating birds such as woodpeckers, wrens, chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice. Place the suet in special feeders or net onion bags at least five feet from the ground to keep it out of the reach of animals. Do not put out suet during hot weather as it can turn rancid; also, dripping fat can damage natural waterproofing on bird feathers. Peanut butter pudding (recipe on reverse panel) is a good substitute for suet in the summer.
We also have a huge selection of feeders and bird houses in stock!
Some of the brands we stock...
Save money and ask for our customized Rosedale Wild Bird Mix blended specifically for our area; now available in 25lb and 40lb bags. Throughout the season we also always try to stock bulk sunflower seed, millet, thistle, sunflower chips and kernels, split and whole peanuts, safflower and whole or cracked corn.
The all new Wild Bird Chow has a new look and a new product selection for Purina customers. The line has expanded to include a broad range of products for a large variety of wild birds in all areas of the country. New, colorful and informative packaging will help you select the right product.
Feathered Friend Wild Bird Food makes it easy to enjoy the beauty of nature in your own backyard. Our selections of quality seeds and ingredients are the perfect way to attract lots of color birds, and keep them coming back. Whether you enjoy watching a specific type of bird, or a wide variety, there is a Feathered Friend Wild Bird Food designed to attract the bird you like to watch.
Beginning bird feeders often select their seed mixes based solely on price. Only with experience do they realize that better, more attractive seeds are worth their higher cost. Lyric is simply the "crème de la crème" of wild bird food mixes.
Wild Delight® produces more of what birds crave! All Wild Delight products contain only the finest ingredients and the best flavors and nutrition you can feed your outdoor pets. Wild Delight® produces three varieties of food to attract the most desirable outdoor pets. Advanced Formulas™ have premium ingredients and complete vitamin-mineral fortification including real fruits and nuts. Natural Formulas contain only natural premium ingredients. Wildlife Formulas are specifically designed for backyard wildlife.