During the winter months I enjoy watching the different birds come and go from my feeders. A few comments and suggestions on which seeds to put in your feeder may make your bird watching more enjoyable during the coming months.
You can purchase your seeds at most supermarkets, livestock feed stores and garden centers, pet stores or through catalogs. Here are some of the seeds that I have used.
Keeping squirrels from helping themselves to your birdseed is a challenge that will keep you occupied and cause many funny moments. The nice thing about offering sunflower hearts and chips is that there is no mess, because all of the birdseed will be eaten. If this is a concern in the area you are feeding birds, try using hulled seed. You’ll attract the same birds without the mess.
Cheap birdseed mixes won’t be labeled as such, but cheap mixes rarely attract the most desirable birds. Generally these mixes consist of red and white milo, cracked corn, wheat, striped sunflower and other seeds.
Know that you know what seeds attract which birds, pick your variety and enjoy watching the birds this winter.