How do you Attract Backyard Birds?
You might just be surprised at the birds that you can attract to your backyard. The type of bird food that you choose makes all the difference in the world. I purchase mine either at a local feed store or online, but some hardware stores sell it as well as your local wild bird food supply store. Check the bag for key ingredients and what types of birds eat the specific food.
What Types of Bird Food Am I Looking For?
The best types of wild bird food depends on what bird you want to attract. Take for example Wild Delight 366200 20-Pound Nut N-Berry Birdfood This bag contains sunflower kernels, peanuts, pistachios, cherries, and raisins. This seed will attract Grosbeaks, Cardinals, Bluejays, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Finches, Tufted Titmice, and Woodpeckers to name a few. This is a good mix for a variety of birds and that is what I want at my feeders.
Of course you can purchase bags that have individual ingredients as well. Sunflower seeds alone will attract most of the birds mentioned above, but I have found that the nuts and fruits attract more varieties such as the woodpeckers.
Feeding Birds in the Summer is a Good Thing
Yes, feeding birds in the summer months is a good idea. Some people may beg to differ as they think that you should only feed birds in the winter when “supplies are low.” However, if you use a good premium type of wild bird food it helps to improve a bird’s health. This type of food contains vitamins, minerals, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids which all aid in reproduction, immunity, healthy feathers, bone strength, stronger egg shells, growth, metabolism, just to name a few. Birds need this when raising their young and that is in the spring and summer.
You will enjoy every moment watching the different birds come in to your yard. Even if you are not sure what exact bird it is you will soon learn each different type and look forward to them coming in to your feeder as I do.