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Articles and Guides for the Care of Wild Birds

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  • 1. ==== ====Be kind to wild birds, check out this website for all your needs ====Wild bird seed, once placed in backyard bird feeders will encourage numerous trips from manybird species. Wild seed consists of several assorted forms for attracting different wild birds to ourbackyards. Bird watching is now a popular hobby for many homeowners. If we have several wildbird feeders and use various wild seeds we will have a variety of birds visiting our backyard.The seed we use will depend on what birds we would like to see using our wild bird feeders. It isbest to know what bird seeds are preferred by the birds in our area. Backyard bird watching isgreat fun but we need to remember not to overload the feeders. Once the wasted seed hits theground you may end up with unwanted critters. I have devised a list of some of the seeds andwhich backyard birds enjoy them.Black-oil Sunflower Seeds: This feed is considered to be the number one seed. Black-oil sunflowerseeds have a high quality of protein because of the large amount of meat contained. Its outer shellis soft enough for the small backyard bird. The wild birds that enjoy this seed are nuthatches,goldfinches, finches, and chickadees. The high content of oil in this seed keeps the wild birdswarm and dry during the winter.Striped Sunflower Seeds: This feed are not as popular and is cheaper than the black-oil sunflowerseeds. The smaller wild birds find that the tougher shell is harder to crack which make it moredifficult to eat. The wild birds that are known to eat this tougher bird seed include the cardinal, bluejay, and woodpecker.Cracked Corn: The cracked corn seed can be used in attracting larger variety of bird species suchas jays, eastern bluebirds, pheasants, and game birds. If cracked corn is used all year in one ofthe bird feeders it just may attract some of the birds that do not use the other feeders that haveother types of feed.Millet: This seed is a large part of many mixes and is very tiny and round. This can be used intubular feeders, hopper feeders and tray feeders. Some backyard birds that enjoy millet includesparrows, quail, juncos, doves, cardinals, buntings, and bobwhites.Thistle Seeds: This seed is a tiny black seed that does not come from the American thistle that wecan see by the side of the road. It is usually imported from Ethiopia and India and is referred to asNyjer seed. Since the seeds are so small it is best if used in tube feeders or any type feeder thathas wire mesh surrounding the feed. Some of the bird species that enjoy this seed include thepurple finch, house finch, and goldfinch.Safflower Seeds: This seed is a large seed that has a white coating. They very often are used inplace of black-oil sunflower seeds because some of us do not the starlings, grackles, or house
  • 2. sparrows visiting the bird feeder; these birds do not like the safflower seed. The safflower seed willattract the same birds as the black-oil sunflower and also the jay, grosbeak, and cardinal.Nuts: The nuts that we are referring to here are peanuts and peanut hearts, which are sometimessold separately, but are usually found in wild seed mixes. Some of the birds that enjoy this birdfeed are cardinals, chickadees, goldfinches, mockingbirds, nuthatches, titmice, and woodpeckers.Wild Bird Seed Mixes: The wild bird seed mix usually consists of black-oil sunflower seeds, stripedsunflower seeds, millet, and one or two other types of seed. These mixes will attract most varietiesof birds. They are available in most grocery stores, the wild bird suppliers at many pet centers, andwild bird centers.Barbara has two bird feeders in her backyard and is using wild bird seed in both. She and herhusband enjoy bird watching every morning while having coffee. Her website Gardeners GardenSupplies has some very interesting ideas she would like to share.Article Source: ====Be kind to wild birds, check out this website for all your needs ====