Habitat for birds is always decreasing, and with it come some of their natural sources of food. Fortunately, in almost any supermarket you can find Wild Seed birds. But what kind should you buy? Do the Cardinals have the same Wild Seed Bird, nuthatches do? To answer these questions and give you some idea of what to buy, here’s a list of more affordable seeds and more common birds that eat them. Just remember that birds do not read these lists and have learned to adapt. In some areas, some of these birds may have learned to eat or not there are some seeds on this list, but for the most part, they will be. In addition, this list is not exhaustive one for bird species that will eat any seeds.
Sunflower is available in 2 versions: black oil and striped. Striped varieties, intended for human consumption, has a tougher shell which can be difficult for some birds to open and usually not so nutritious for the birds. Black-and-oiled seeds thinner and softer which makes them easier to crack. They are high in fat and calories than striped. Be sure to get the sunflower seeds of wild bird seed in the housing, as housing seeds will spoil more quickly, which could harm the birds. If you must use purified variety, offering only what you can eat in a day or two at a time.
The Blue Jays, cardinals, titmice, finches, goldfinches Grosbeaks, house finches, Juncos, nuthatches, Pine Siskin, Purple finches, Redpolls, tits, Towhees, White Throated sparrows and woodpeckers.
Safflower is slightly smaller than sunflower seeds and a thick shell. They love the Cardinals, Blue Jays, titmice, doves, finches, goldfinches, Grosbeaks, house finches, Juncos, Doves, Purple finches, Redpolls, tits and Towhees. Presumably, proteins, Grackles, starlings do not like safflower seed and have to leave the feeders alone, but I’ve also seen listings that say the Blue Jays and others do not like it either. As I said earlier, food bird wildlife will adapt well to try it and see what it attracts.
Niger Wild Seed birds enjoy the doves, finches, house finches, Pine siskins, and purple finches, Redpolls, White – Throated Sparrows and especially goldfinches. Not to be confused with nicer thistle which is completely different plants? Birds will choose over Niger thistle seed, and it is more nutritious for them.
Millet Wild Seed bird is perfect for fattening – just spread on the ground finches, doves, sparrows and Juncos (only what they can eat in one feeding). Use of white millet, unlike the Red millet, which is not opposed by a majority of birds. Very cheap!
Wild bird seed “deal” of a mixture has a lot of filler, which will be wasted so try to buy the seeds of wild birds in separate packages. Have fun to try different kinds of seeds and see what birds you can attract!