Winter can not only be a difficult season for us, but for our feathered friends as well! Whether you are an avid bird watcher, or just wanting to enjoy the colourful sight flying around your yard, here are some tips when to comes to seed and suet to make sure they keep coming back for more!
Black Oil Sunflower Seed
This type of seed has a higher oil content, which allows for more nutrition and calories for the birds. The shells are also thinner, which makes it easier for them to be cracked open. Cardinals, Chickadees, Nut Hatches and Finches really enjoy this type of seed.
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This mix will attract an assortment of birds to your yard. Combining different types of seed is the best way to have multiple species come and visit. Only using one certain type of seed will only attract a few types of birds.
These seeds are white in colour and are known for their high protein, fat and fibre which is beneficial to birds in the winter time. This type of seed is not always the first choice for most birds, but once it is introduced into the selection, birds can become accustomed to it. This type of seed is a favourite for Cardinals as well as Finches, Mourning Doves and Blue Jays.
Nyjer is another popular type of seed to use to attract birds to your yard. This type of seed is popular due to the fact that after it is sterilized, it will not sprout if it is dropped onto the ground. This type of seed is a favourite for Finches, Mourning Doves and Juncos.
Using corn is one way to attract birds that would not normally visit your feeder. These types of birds include Blue Jays and Pheasants. Using whole or cracked corn is another way to deter small animals such as squirrels from feeding at your feeder. These animals tend to fill up on the corn, and when they get full, they usually leave the feeders alone.
Want to give the birds a nice treat? Include peanuts, whether they be in the shell or out, watch the birds go crazy for this little snack. Larger birds such as Blue Jays, Cardinals and Woodpeckers love this little treat, and even smaller birds enjoy it to, after soaking the husk in water to make it easier for them to get inside the shell.
While this is not a type of bird seed, suet is extremely popular with birds such as Orioles, Woodpeckers and Chickadees. These birds require a high-calorie and high-fat diet in order to survive through the winter months when their usual food source is scarce. This is where suet comes into play. Suet is originally made from beef fat, which is then mixed with bird seed, berries and even peanut butter to make it tastier. Make sure to use a suet feeder in order to keep the suet in place and out of the reach of unwanted little critters.