A lot of people are interested in bird watching and wish to venture into the rewarding world of bird feeding, but many have no idea about what bird food to provide. This article will address this common issue and will give you all the basics about the types of wild bird seed to make friends with your local birds.
First of all it’s useful to have a pretty good idea about bird seed mixtures to attract a variety of different birds. In general a good seed mixture is said to contain a lot of flaked maize, sunflower seeds and peanut granules. Birds like house sparrows, collared doves, finches, reed buntings and dunnocks are mostly attracted to small seeds like millet. Tits and greenfinches are really big fans of peanuts and sunflower seeds. Pinhead oatmeal is a great solution that many birds would love. Wheat and barley grains are often found in common seed mixtures. They are really good for ground feeding birds like pigeons, doves and pheasants. A seed mixture containing split peas, beans and dried rice are better avoided because only the large species can manage to eat them while dry. Budget food sellers add these to cheap food mixtures just for the sake of bulking it up but it simply would be a waste and here at Wild Bird Direct we definitely don’t subscribe to that approach, quality is our priority. Our supplies offer bird food packed with goodness, energy and nutrition. Take our dried mealworms for example; we believe they really are the perfect alternative to live food! Now let’s consider some other popular wild bird seed.
Black sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts are available throughout the year and are more popular than peanuts in a lot of regions. The oil content of these seeds makes them tasty, satisfying and highly beneficial in a balanced bird diet. Niger seed are tiny and black in colour and are popularly known for their very high oil content. A pin-hole feeder is required to safely and cleanly serve up this foodie treat, which you can pick up at a great price online from our seed feeder selection. Peanuts are also rich in fat and are a very popular solution among tits, greenfinches and house sparrows. Crushed peanuts could attract robins and dunnocks. Make sure however that you don’t use salted or dry roasted peanuts since these may be severely toxic to certain birds.
Food like fat balls and suet blocks are excellent cold climate foods. Foods supplied in a nylon mesh bag will need to be removed from the packaging before being serving since the soft mesh could trap and injure birds. At Wild Bird Direct we pride ourselves on the high end ingredients, not poor quality waste products, which go into making a delicious and nutritious feast for our feathered companions.