Feed the Birds
Beginning with the basics, rest assured there is no right or wrong way to
feed wild birds. All it takes is a little bread of bird seed in the palm
of your hand, and your in the business of feeding chickadees. For most other
birds however, its your choice of a wide variety of seeds and an endless
selection of bird feeders, strategically placed to maximize your viewing
pleasure and enjoyment.
Types of Bird Food:
Here are the basic types of bird seeds and bird foods:
Seeds and their value to Birds:
||High in protein and fats
||High in oil.
||High in energy
||carbohydrates, grit to grind seeds.
||High in oils, but only certain birds will eat it.
||High in fat and calories
||High in oil. A favorite of finches.
||Vitamins, and protein
Bird Feeding Reference Chart - See
what your favorite birds like to eat.
Note: Squirrels like most seed. too. The exception... Safflower. Too
bad few birds eat Safflower.
A misnomer: What many of us call Thistle is actually Nyger.
Feeding Bread to Birds
It is a very common practice to feed bread to birds. Many varieties of birds
will eat the bread. In most situations it is a good addition to a bird's
diet. But, it is not, and should not be, their entire diet. Seeds, insects
and grubs are all vital to specific birds. Seeds provide high energy that
birds require for survival in cold, snowy weather.
Importantly, if you are going to feed bread to your neighborhood birds in
winter, make sure to have the bird feeder filled with seeds, too.
Other Common Bird Foods:
Suet- high energy, and fat. Feed your birds suet during cool weather and
winter months. Suet is fat, and melts in warmer weather. It also spoils.
Discontinue use when high temperatures reach 70 degrees.
Vegetable treats- Peas, corn and other seeded vegetables.
Berry bushes- Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries. Almost any berry plant
or bush will attract a variety of birds.
Flying insects- a favorite of many birds, including purple martins, bats,
and many more.
Worms and grubs- in your soil and lawn. Just skip the grub killer one season
and you will attract a lot of birds.
As you know, backyard birds do not have teeth. They need grit in their gizzard
to help grind down the seeds they eat. In the winter, it may be hard for
them to find the grit they need. You can help by placing coarse sand near
the bird feeder. If you leave it out, they will find it.
Did you know? Egg Shells aid birds in digestion. Crush a few dried
egg shells and leave them at or near the feeder, especially in winter when
it is hard for birds to find tiny pebbles and grit.
Gardeners, here are some flowers that you can grow that will attract
birds to your yard:
Thistle, any variety
Black Eyed Susan
Millet, all kinds
Buy Flower Seeds that attract birds.
Bird Feeders- There are different bird feeders for different types
of birds. Hanging feeders and platform feeders. Specialized bird feeders
to hold different kinds of seed, and attract different types of birds.
Birds can become dependent upon your feeder. The toughest time for
a bird to find food is mid winter when snow covers their food supply, and
spring when natural food supplies are low or exhausted. Once you start feeding
the birds, it is best to continue to do so until summer, when natural food
Did you Know? Some birds feed upside down, so the bird perch and feeding
station needs to be placed accordingly.
Avid bird watchers take pictures of the birds that visit their feeder. The
Bird Cam is always ready, to capture the perfect picture.
Buy a Bird Cam now!
Looking for the right flowers to grow to attract birds to your garden? Try
a selection of plants for the perfect