How To Select the Best Wild Bird Food© 2011 by TotallyBirds.com - All Rights Reserved
The best way to attract wild birds to your yard is to give them what they want. Different wild birds frequently prefer different types of foods. Choose the types of seed mixes and foods that are preferred by the birds that you wish to attract and they will flock to your yard.
Specialty Seed Mixes
There are a variety of good bird seed mixes. Many of these are intended to target the desires of specific types of birds. The best contain premium seeds, such as whole sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts, peanut chips, safflower seeds, Nyjer seed, canary seed and millet. Most of the cheaper varieties are typically heavy on the percentage of millet and light on premium seeds, such as peanuts, sunflower seeds and safflower seeds. You will find seed mixes designed for cardinals, finches, chickadees and other local birds.
Bird Seed Blocks
Bird seed blocks are simply compressed blocks of seeds held together with a harmless binder. Many are intended for woodpeckers, but others are designed for cardinals, finches and a variety of others. it is a good idea to place a bird seed block somewhere that is protected from rain, such as under a pine tree. Rain will cause some bird seed blocks to fall apart.
Suet is made from beef fat. The type of suet used for wild birds comes in formed blocks that contain other ingredients such as insects, pieces of fruit, nuts and berries. Suet provides fat, which turns into heat energy to help protect wild birds from the harsh winter cold. Suet is only used during the winter and in cold climates; otherwise, it may spoil. Suet can be pretty messy, so place your suet feeders away from driveways, patios and decks.
A wide variety of wild bird food is available. Try several different types to see what the backyard birds in your area prefer.