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Backyard Bird Feeding - Top 10 Tips – Part 1 of 2

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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!

I am delighted to join the Birdzilla team through this blog, sharing ideas and topics related to feeding and attracting wild birds in your backyard. Bird feeding is my life-long passion,  instilled by bird-feeding parents who raised me on an 80-acre farm in central Michigan.  After college, my wife and I served as U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer high-school teachers in Africa and then as staff members over an eight-year period.
Those wonderful times led to 30-years of bird-feeding leadership as founder of the Wild Bird Centers, franchising and supporting wild bird specialty stores across the country. I helped found the Bird Education Network and was a key financial supporter of PROJECT WILDBIRD, I currently serve as Executive Director of the National Bird-Feeding Society. Several years ago, I was asked to join “The Birder’s Team”, a working group of birding leaders selected by the National Wildlife Refuge System to recommend ways to better serve birders. millions of whom visit our extraordinary network of more than 500 Refuges. These “conservation jewels” actively protect critical habitat and conserve bird populations of all kinds. Most recently, I served as a judge to select the winning artist for the NWRS’ 2015 Duck Stamp Contest.

I now look forward to helping our readers experience the best our wonderful hobby offers. As I often say “The closer we live to each other, the closer we want to be to Nature.”

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