Bird Seed Choices

Sunflower Seeds

Many birds are attracted to Black Oil Sunflower seeds and Black Striped Sunflower Seeds. The Black Oil has become more popular because of its small size and thin shell making it easier to eat. Sunflower seeds are a great source of energy due to their high oil content. This is especially important during the winter.

Birds that favor Sunflower Seed: Cardinal, Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Pine Siskin, Nuthatch, Red-winger Blackbird, Grosbeak, Junco, House and Native Sparrow, Towhee, Mourning Dove.

Sunflower Chips

The advantage of Sunflower seeds without the hulls. Many finches can be attracted to tube feeders with sunflower chips.

Birds that favor Sunflower Chips: Cardinal Chickadee, Goldfinch, Purple Finch, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Nuthatch, Woodpecker, Grosbeak, Junco, House Sparrow.

Nyjer Seed
One of the only seeds that is imported. Extremely popular with Goldfinches, but also taken by Junco, Sparrows and Doves.
Safflower
Mix this seed with Black Oil Sunflower seeds and it is a mix tailored for Cardinals. Wrens, Native Sparrows and Mourning Doves will also eat this seed. Blue Jays tend to pass on Safflower as do most squirrels.
White Millet

A common seed included in general mixes.

Birds that favor White Millet: Buntings, Mourning Dove, Finches, Sparrows, Pheasant, Quail, Pine Siskin, Towhee, varied Thrushes, Carolina Wrens

Corn

Offering this food is an inexpensive way to feed many birds, either on the cob or cracked. Also enjoyed by Squirrels and Chipmunks.

Birds that favor whole corn: Cardinal, Jay, Woodpeckers (who seek out dried corn on the cob), Red-winged Blackbird, Grackle, Pheasant, Quail, Starling, Towhee, Wild Turkey

Birds that favor Cracked Corn: Buntings, Junco , Sparrows

Peanuts

Make sure you use unsalted peanuts, either in or out of the shell. Roasted or raw peanuts are enjoyed, but make sure you use fresh peanuts. Old peanuts can become rancid and unpalatable.

Birds that enjoy peanuts: Chickadee, Jay, Junco, Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Woodpecker

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