Picky Birds! by Christie

This morning I found an empty bird seed bag in my front yard – most likely from a neighbor who has a multitude of pigeons frequenting his yard.  And now I know why – the seed!  The ingredients listed on the bag: milo, white pros millet, wheat, sunflower seed, calcium carbonated, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D-3 Sunergetic Products, potassium iodide and vegetable oil (added to make the seed more attractive to the birds).

Many of the ingredients in this bag are not attractive to most birds and go uneaten – thereby attracting rodents and other scavengers.  Not only is there a lot of waste, the filler and seed shells that fall to the ground often create a moldy mat which is difficult to remove and can kill the grass that it covers.  And contrary to the label, the birds that it attracts tend to be starlings and pigeons instead of the beautiful birds depicted on the package.

Most birds are quite picky about the freshness of the seed they eat; if it’s stale or moldy, they will refuse to eat it.  So it’s important to purchase seed that is fresh, in quantities that will be eaten within a few weeks and store it properly – in a cool, dry location in an airtight container.

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Birds have different diets and feeding habits.  So to attract a variety of Little Peckers to your backyard, it’s important to know what birds actually frequent northern Nevada (red cardinals do not) as well as how they like to eat (tube feeder, finch feeder, platform feeder, ground, etc) and what they like to eat – nyjer, sunflower seed, peanuts, a local custom blend, suet, etc.

I’ve been feeding birds for over a year now with a variety of feeders and fresh foods.  The most popular foods right now are BugBite suet, black oil sunflower seed, No Mess Blend, Deluxe Blend, Nyjer, peanuts and Bark Butter.  Right now yellow rumped warblers, northern flickers, downy woodpeckers, lesser goldfinch, Oregon juncos, California quail, spotted towhee, mourning doves, house finches and scrub jays keep us entertained daily with their antics.

My tip to successfully enjoy the wonderful hobby of backyard birdfeeding is to visit Moana Nursery where you’ll find a Wild Birds Unlimited store within a store, carrying the freshest bird food in town along with quality feeders, bird houses, etc. and knowledgeable staff to help you select the right products to attract the birds most likely to visit your backyard.

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