Basic blend that quickly attracts a variety of birds, such as Blue Jays, Cardinals and Purple Finches. Millet-rich mix provides sustenance to sparrows, doves and quail alike.
Opt for high-grade bird feed and keep the feeders clean to prevent diseases and mold growth. Stay away from cheap blends that contain fillers such as cracked corn, oats or wheat that contain fillers as these could harm birds.
Black Oil Sunflower Seed
Sunflower seed is one of the primary food sources for wild birds, drawing their interest thanks to its thinner hulls that make eating easier for smaller songbirds, while its abundant oil content supplies ample energy reserves.
Many birders prefer hulled black oil sunflower seeds or chips over whole seeds as it saves time by eliminating the need to crack hulls, which often creates messy piles of unusable material beneath feeders or in the yard.
To keep their food fresh and disease-free, store it in rodent-proof containers and replenish every two weeks during warmer weather. Old or stale bird seed can lead to illnesses in your feathered friends.
Small millet seeds provide quick-energy sources for birds. Commonly found in finch or canary seed mixes, small millet seeds also appeal to juncos, buntings, tanagers, and sparrows alike.
Cracked corn is a favorite food among ground-feeding birds such as sparrows and towhees, providing carbohydrates. While not providing as many nutritional benefits as black oil sunflower seeds or safflower seed do, cracker corn can still provide extra calories during winter when birds require extra calories to stay warm.
Peanuts are packed with proteins and fats, providing birds with energy-packed sustenance. Furthermore, peanuts provide excellent sources of dietary fiber and antioxidants – and research shows that roasting or boiling peanuts significantly boosts both their concentration and potency of antioxidants.
Woodpeckers, titmice and nuthatches rely heavily on peanuts in the shell or peanut hearts as an energy source during winter feeding season. Try placing some in your feeders to watch as these birds devour these treats!
Regional pet shops and feed stores commonly carry high-quality Kaytee woodlands wild bird food blends that have been designed specifically for local bird species.
Suet is an energy-rich food for birds that can provide immediate energy as well as help build reserves to prepare them for colder climates or migration journeys.
Suet is often associated with woodpeckers, but other songbirds such as chickadees, nuthatches and wrens also enjoy feeding on it. When shopping for suet cakes or seed blends that attract these species of songbirds look for products made without fillers and synthetic preservatives that could harm feathers.
Make sure your feeder features an open design to allow the suet to drain or air dry properly, otherwise standing water will spoil it and stop birds from eating it.
Birds require high-protein food sources to support their energetic lifestyles, so this nutrient-rich mixture designed to attract insect- and fruit-eating birds contains black oil sunflower seed, peanuts, safflower and millet to provide a tasty yet nutritive treat for wild birds. It fits easily into bird feeders while providing wild birds with delicious snacks!
Making homemade hummingbird nectar at home is a straightforward DIY project, requiring only refined white sugar and water as ingredients. Winston recommends boiling the water first to kill off bacteria and lower chlorine levels before stirring to dissolve sugar completely.
Mealworms provide wild birds and chickens with an excellent source of high-protein nutrition. Mealworms can be fed alone or mixed into your favorite bird seed blend to attract more songbirds.
Mealworms start out life as barely visible eggs that hatch into larvae and pupae that eventually transform into adults resembling darkling beetles.
Watching the transformation of mealworms into insects is truly amazing, especially when you notice their stumpy legs sprouting from their thorax – the central body region just below their head – where their legs will eventually transform into six fully formed insect legs and two wing buttons into full wings.
Keep your bird seed and other feeds stored in a cool area outside, especially during the heat of summer, to reduce insect hatching and spread into pantry food items such as oatmeal, flour and rice. This helps ensure safe dining.
Insects are an impressively diverse group of animals found throughout every environment. From pollinating plants and providing sustenance for other creatures to decomposing animal and plant matter, insects have long been used as pollinators and decomposers alike.
To identify an insect, look for mouthparts with teeth to bite, sucking lips that pierce, lap or rasp, antennae as key features as well as six legs and three body regions (head, thorax and abdomen). Insects are among the largest arthropods.