Attracting Birds to Your Feeder

Jul 5, 2023 | The Sandpiper

You have your feeders, now what food is best for your feathered friends? Below, find some ideas for attracting specific bird species to your backyard.

All-around favorite: Black-Oil Sunflower Seeds. They contain a lot of protein and fat, and their thin shells are easy to crack.

Cardinals & Blue Jays: Sunflower hearts and chips, striped sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, peanuts, red and white millet.

Mourning Doves: Safflower seeds.

Robins: Sunflower hearts and chips, white millet.

Chickadees: Sunflower hearts, striped sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, red and white millet.

Finches: Striped sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, red and white millet, flaxseed.

Hummingbirds: Sugar water; made by combining four parts hot water to one part white sugar, mix and let cool. Never use honey, artificial sweeteners, or red dye.

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