Bird Feeding Tips
Tips on attracting and feeding backyard birds.
Backyard Bird Feeding - Top 10 Tips – Part 1 of 2
1. Offer a food combination appropriate for the birds you want to attract.
2. Place feeders where you can easily watch them as part of your daily routine.
3. Avoid seed mixes with inexpensive filler seeds that birds don’t eat.
4. Avoid seed mixes with higher-cost ingredients that don’t add value. For example, safflower is useful for discouraging squirrels (and Grackles) which dislike t. But when you mix it with seeds squirrels do like, that value is lost, and the safflower only increases the cost of the mix. Offer safflower straight, not mixed with other seeds for best results.
5. Offer foods in ways that reflect the preferences of birds you want to attract. For example, since most of the birds that eat millet are ground feeders, present your millet either on a platform feeder or directly on the ground (a cup full or so at a time).
Adding a birdbath and dripper will help attract a variety of species, including those that do not normally visit feeders.
Next time: 5 more tips for bird feeding success!