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Wild Birds-- What do they prefer at their feeding station?

Each and every wild bird has their own favorite meals, but the popular sunflower seeds are known to be the favorite among seed-eater birds. This is important information for bird enthusiasts who may want to attract a variety of wild birds to their backyard feeders. This information also explains why sunflower seed is the major ingredient in wild bird seed mixes. There is a wide variety of wild bird seed mixes to choose from for bird feeding, but most mixes are not a favorite among wild birds. There are three main tips for purchasing wild bird seed. The first tip would be to check the label.

Smart shoppers usually check the label when they buying food for their families these days. Labels should also be checked when buying seed mixes as well. If you want to attract a variety of wild birds to your feeders, stay away from wild bird mixes that contain oats, cereals and/or "mixed grains." Most wild birds dislike these ingredients. Another tip is to avoid fillers such as the mixed grains.

Some bird seed mixes contain “filler” seeds, which add weight to the bag, but usually end up in a pile under your bird feeder because birds know what they like, and simply put, it’s not “fillers.” Birds often sweep their bills through their seed and dump the ones they don't want or they dislike on to the ground. Even ground-feeding birds may even ignore the spilled seed. The final tip in purchasing wild bird seed is to select clean bags of food. Most bird seed is 94 to 95 percent clean, which may sound pretty clean, but a 40-pound bag of seed may include over two pounds of inedible material, which means more debris that will find its way to the ground. Some vendors are required to sift the bird seed three times to remove any empty shells, sticks, leaves and other debris which is commonly found in other vendors’ seed bags. So to wrap things up, I hope you found this information helpful to you. Now you know the basic tips on what your wild birds want and prefer. Take these three simple steps in consideration next time you purchase your wild bird seed and take notice at the increase in wild birds feeding at your feeders.


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