Intro to Feeding Birds

Selecting Seed and Feeders

Birds have specific food preferences, largely due to the size and shape of their beaks. Providing a mixture of both food and feeders will attract the greatest variety of bird species to your yard. Our mixes have been developed specifically for birds in this area, with more than 20 years of experience behind us. Below is a guide to selecting the food and feeder types appropriate for the types of birds you wish to attract.

A red cardinal eats seed on a wooden feeder
This Northern Cardinal dines on Golden Safflower from a wood hopper feeder.

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

 

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