A cold hungry bird will attempt to eat almost any kind of bird seed you have in your feeders. However, large hard seed can’t be eaten by many types of birds. Select your seed type based on the type of birds you want to attract.
Some types of birds like doves and pigeons are ground feeders and will sometimes refuse to eat from feeders placed off the ground. It feeders are elevated off the ground, Doves and pigeons will require a large landing perch. A flat surface like a 12 to 18 inch wide board works well.
Others have a minimum and maximum height off the ground that they seek when feeding. Hanging to high up or to close to the ground and they will refuse to feed at your feeders.
It has been my experience that almost all birds will feed from feeders located from 4 feet [1.3 meters] to about 6 feet [2 meters] off the ground. Hanging feeders have the advantage in not attracting as many unwanted visitors like rabbits, squirrels, rats and mice.
Some of the general purpose seed I buy is black [oil] sunflower seeds. They are small enough and the hull is easily removed and can be eaten by many different type of birds.
Nyger or thistle seed is the most popular seeds to feed goldfinches.
Safflower is a white seed, slightly smaller than black sunflower seed. Chickadees, titmice, chickadees, and downy woodpeckers will eat it.
Squirrels don’t like them neither do grackles, blue jays, or starlings.
White millet and dark eyed Junco Millet is generally the least expensive bird seed. Almost all birds can and will eat millet. It is a very good seed to scatter on the ground for sparrows, house finch, doves and other ground feeding birds.
Don’t forget the Water! In both Summer and Winter birds may suffer more from the lack of clean water than a food shortage. Birds need a steady, reliable supply of clean, unfrozen water year around. There are heated bird baths available for providing unfrozen water in winter, as well as in summer. Replace the water everyday or two, keeping fresh water available is very important to the well being of your feathered visitors.
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