Bird Feeding Guide

If you haven’t gotten into bird feeding before, I encourage you to give it a try! You may really be surprised at how interesting it can be, and before you know it, you may just find yourself with a new hobby! Here in New Jersey there are dozens of different species of birds you can see throughout the year just by putting up some feeders and filling them with a variety of seed. Trust me! My husband is an avid birdwatcher, and I have really grown to love it as well now that I have seen so many different birds right in our own backyard! In fact, we have kept track and so far we have seen 135 different species on our property over the years!

I mentioned that you can attract a variety of birds by filling your feeders with different kinds of bird seed. Here is a break down of some of the best kinds to use; before you know it you will be observing and enjoying the beautiful birds that are right outside your own home!

Black-oil Sunflower Seeds

Black-oil sunflower seeds will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Almost any feeder bird enjoys them, and even the birds that can’t crack the shells themselves will be happy to feast on the seeds that other birds may drop to the ground when spending time at the feeders themselves. If you plan on putting up a bunch of feeders I suggest buying Black-oil sunflower seeds in bulk! Not only will you save some money, you will save yourself frequent trips back to the store; especially during the winter when the birds depend on our feeders more than ever.

Peanuts

When you think of feeder birds you may be picturing little sparrows and finches, and peanuts may seem way to big to be feeding little backyard birds; however, you would be surprised how well even some of the smaller birds like chickadees and titmice do with peanuts. Some bigger birds like woodpeckers and Blue Jays really love them, so putting out peanuts in addition to your smaller seed will certainly increase your odds of having a nice sampling of birds to view.

Thistle

Suet

Safflower Seeds

Mixed Seeds

Cracked Corn

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