Winter Experience #2 – Bird Feeding

“They” are out there and they need something to eat!

Remember the song, “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins? Maybe you are too young to remember, but in that movie or Broadway play, there was a bird lady who fed the pigeon’s in one of London’s popular squares. You could buy a bag of seeds for tuppence. (What’s that worth in Euros?)

Birds of different species eat different things. Here’s a list of some of the those foods and the common varieties of birds which eat them.

Sunflower Seeds – Blue jay, cardinal, chickadee, finch, goldfinch, junco, mourning dove, nuthatch, sparrow, titmouse

Millet – Cardinal, chickadee, duck, finch, junco, mourning dove, nuthatch, sparrow, titmouse, towhee

Niger (Thistle Seeds) – Finch, goldfinch, junco

Corn, cracked – Blue jay, cardinal, chickadee, duck, finch, goose, junco, mourning dove, pheasant, sparrow, titmouse

Corn, whole – Blue jay, duck, goose, mourning dove

Peanuts – Blue jay, chickadee, finch, flicker, mourning dove, nuthatch, sparrow, thrasher, titmouse, warbler, woodpecker

Peanut Butter – Chickadee, finch, flicker, nuthatch, titmouse, woodpecker

Suet – Chickadee, flicker, nuthatch, titmouse, woodpecker

Raisins – Blue jay, cardinal, catbird, mockingbird, thrasher, thrush

Apples – Cardinal, catbird, cedar waxwing, mockingbird, thrasher, thrush

Oranges and Grapefruit – Cardinal, catbird, cedar waxwing, finch, oriole, tanager, warbler

(Thanks to the 2013 Farmers’ Almanac for this great information.

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