Do you ever find it hard to choose the right bird seed feeders and then to image the number of bird feed to choose from. Are you overwhelmed with the choices of different foods available? The following will help eliminate those headaches.
One of the top seed preferences for common birds is Black Oil Sunflower. You ask what makes this feed so preferred. Well here are a few reasons why. The sunflower has a high meat to shell ratio and is small in size with thin shells which make it easy to handle and crack for the smaller birds. The sunflower seed provides the birds with energy and warmth especially during the cooler months. You will attract and enjoy watching finches, chickadees, cardinals, nuthatches, sparrows, titmice, jays and woodpeckers. This seed comes in the shell but as a precaution, you may want to get the seed that is hulled or chipped which will decrease the mess of the hulls that fall on the ground that can cause damage to your grass or plants.
Another top seed preference for common birds is suet. It is mostly made from animal fat. Suet comes in the form of suet seeds which can be offered to your birds year round with out any worry of becoming rancid. A straight form of suet is animal fat which is ideal for shady or warm to winter temperatures (below 70 degrees Fahrenheit). You can get this fat trimmed off of uncooked beef or bought from your butcher or grocer. Suet dough or cakes are excellent for sunny to hot weather and can be easy to use with little mess. Suet is a preferred seed for birds that are great insect eaters and can be less expensive than some other seeds. Some birds that especially enjoy suet similar to the sunflower are chickadees, nuthatches, jays, woodpeckers, and titmice.
Based upon what you just read, you have increased your knowledge of the most popular bird seed to attract the most colorful and common birds. You will be able to utilize one of these selections of bird feed to place in your bird seed feeders to enjoy hours of bird watching. These seeds can be used in feeders, tubes, and hoppers. So dont stress over trying to find that perfect seed. A good place to start is with the sunflower or suet, you wont be disappointed. Then you can try more specific feeds in your bird seed feeders if you choose.