Bird Feeding Tips
Tips on attracting and feeding backyard birds.
Do birds select specific seeds?
We’ve all suspected that birds seem to prefer certain types of seeds over others. Chickadees, for example, love black-oil sunflower seed but don’t care much for millet. Tests have shown that thy do choose a particular sunflower seed over others. When a chickadee picks up a seed it judges the weight and size of that articular seed. They tend to select small, heavy, plump seeds and to reject (toss away) lighter, slender seeds. Apparently, they select those seeds that yield the greatest food value in return for the energy expended in opening the seed. Amazing!
P.S. We once counted the actual number of black-oil sunflower seeds in a 50-lb bag. How many seeds do you think there were? Hint: round to nearest 5000 seeds. Watch this space for the answer next week!
Chickadee feeder face. © Wayne Hoch Warren