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  Hints for Attracting Birds

Hints for Attract BirdsDonít be discouraged if it takes time for birds to respond to a new feeder. Frequency of feeding depends on where you live as well as the number of trees and other feeders in your area. A poor winter at the feeder is usually a sign of a mild winter or an abundance of natural food.

Allow privacy for birds when picking out an area for your birdfeeder. Avoid areas where there is excessive noise. Select an area that is quiet and undisturbed. Set the feeder back, away from windows, so indoor activity wonít scare the birds away.

A corner of the yard near trees, shrubs, or a fence is ideal. Cardinals, Blue Jays and Sparrows are usually the first visitors to a new feeder. When Titmouse, Woodpeckers and Nuthatches appear, you have established an effective feeding area.

Keeping the feeder full all year will help assure an abundance of birds.

Different Bird Seeds and the Birds Attracted to Each:
(click on the name of the bird seed to purchase this product)

Black Oil Sunflowers: Cardinals, Chickadees, Evening Grosbeak, House Finch, Purple Finch, White-Breasted Nuthatch, White-Crowned Sparrow, Blue Jay, Dark-eyed Junco, Goldfinch, Grackle, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Pine Siskin, Redpoll, Red-Winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, Woodpeckers

Safflower Bird Seed Mix: (Squirrels, Grackles & Blackbirds tend not to eat) Blue Jay, Cardinal, Chickadees, House Finch, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Red-Bellied Nuthatch

Peanut Pieces / Peanut Hearts: Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Chickadees, House Sparrow, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Woodpeckers

Stripe Sunflowers: Blue Jay, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Cardinal, Chickadees, Evening Grosbeak, Grackle, House Finch, House Sparrow, Purple Finch, White-Breasted Nuthatch, White-Throated Sparrow, White-Crowned Sparrow

Thistle Seed / Niger Seed: Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, House Finch, Mourning Dove, Purple Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, White-Throated Sparrow

Peanuts in Shell: Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Woodpeckers

Sunflowers Hearts: Fine, Medium & Coarse: Pine Siskin, Brown-Headed Cowbird, Cardinal, Chickadees, Goldfinch, Grackle, House Finch, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Red-Winged Blackbird, White-Throated Sparrow

Cracked Corn: Blue Jay Brown Thrasher, Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, Eastern Bluebird, Grackle, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-bellied Blackbird, Rock Dove, Starling, Tree Sparrow, White-Throated Sparrow

White Millet Grain Mix: Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Slate-colored Junco, Song Sparrow, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Cardinal, Pine Siskin, Red-Winged Blackbird, White-Crowned Sparrow, White-Throated Sparrow