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Selecting Seed and Feeders

Bird Species Food Preference Feeder Options
American Goldfinch Nyjer®, Nyjer® & Chips, medium or fine sunflower chips (fine will fit in Nyjer tubes), Finches’ Choice, Black Oilers Nyjer® and seed tubes; window, fly-through and hopper sunflower feeders
Baltimore Oriole nectar, grape jelly, orange halves, mealworms oriole nectar feeders, grape jelly and orange feeders, mealworm feeders
Black-capped Chickadee Joe’s Mix, Cabin Mix, Kracker Jax (no-mess mix), Songbird Delight, Oilers, peanut pickouts, medium sunflower chips, suet, mealworms seed tube feeders, fly-through and hopper feeders, suet logs and cages
Blue Jay Joe’s Mix, Cabin Mix, Kracker Jax, Oilers, peanuts (in-shell or pickouts), medium sunflower chips prefers the ground, but will come to almost any seed or suet feeder
Dark-eyed Junco Nyjer®, Nyjer® & Chips, Spectrum, Songbird Delight, white millet, fine or medium sunflower  chips prefers the ground under Nyjer feeders, will come to low tray feeders and Nyjer tube feeders
Downy, Hairy and Red-belliedWoodpeckers suet plugs in logs, suet cakes, peanut pickouts, medium sunflower  chips, mealworms suet logs and cages, peanut feeders, fly-through feeders, even seed tube feeders (downy)
Eastern Bluebird mealworms, fruit, sometimes suet mealworm feeders, fly-through feeders, low tray feeders with mealworms in them
House Finch Songbird, safflower, Nyjer® & Chips, Finches’ Choice, Dakota Mix, medium or fine sunflower chips (fine will fit in Nyjer® tubes), Black Oilers Nyjer® and seed tubes, window, fly-through and hopper feeders
Mourning Dove Spectrum, Songbird Delight, safflower, white millet, Nyjer prefers the ground, will come to tray or fly-through feeders or a tray on a tube feeder
Northern Cardinal Mahtomedi Cardinal Mix, safflower, Dakota Mix, Kracker Jax, Songbird Delight, Joe’s Mix, Oilers, peanut pickouts, cracked corn prefers the ground/tray feeder, fly-through and hopper feeders, will come to seed tube feeders with trays
Pileated Woodpecker suet plugs and cakes, peanut pieces, mealworms, Dakota Mix, Oilers suet logs, double suet cages, tail-prop suet feeders, large peanut (pieces) feeders
Purple Finch Nyjer®, Nyjer® & Chips, Finches’ Choice, Dakota Mix, fine or medium sunflower chips, Oilers, safflower seed tube feeders, fly-through and hopper feeders
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Cabin Mix, Joe’s Mix, Kracker Jax, Songbird Delight, Oilers, safflower, peanut pickouts tray and fly-through feeders, hopper feeders, tube feeders with trays
Ruby-throated Hummingbird nectar hummingbird nectar feeders
White-breasted & Red-breasted Nuthatches Joe’s Mix, Dakota Mix, Cabin Mix, Kracker Jax, Oilers, peanut pickouts, safflower, suet, mealworms suet logs and cages, peanut pickout feeders, seed tube feeders, fly-through and hopper feeders
White-throated, White-crowned and other migratory sparrows (Fox, American Tree, Song, etc.) Songbird Delight, Joe’s Mix, Nyjer® & Chips, Kracker Jax, white millet, fine or medium sunflower chips, Finches’ Choice, Nyjer® prefer the ground under feeders with millet and Nyjer® in them, low tray feeders, fly-through feeders

Nyjer® is a registered trademark of the Wild Bird Feeding Industry (WBFI).