How to - Wildlife

What to feed the birds

How to best feed your feathered friends

Cardinal
Feeder placement: Ground or raised tray
Preferred feeders: Hopper, Platform, Tubes or Window feeder
Preferred seeds: Black oil sunflower seed or quality mixed seed (black-oil and striped sunflower seeds, millet and cracked corn)

Blue jay and Stellar's jay
Feeder placement: Ground, raised or hanging
Preferred feeders: Hopper and Platform; also enjoys all suets in a suet basket
Preferred seeds: Black oil sunflower seed or quality mixed seed (black-oil and striped sunflower seeds, millet and cracked corn)

Carolina & Bewick's wrens
Feeder placement: Raised tray
Preferred feeder: Suet basket; enjoys all suets
Preferred seeds: None

Goldfinch and pine sisken
Feeder placement: Ground, raised or hanging
Preferred feeders: Globe, Haven, Hopper, Platform, Tubes or Window feeder
Preferred seeds: Black oil sunflower seed or Thistle seed

House finch
Feeder placement: Raised or hanging
Preferred feeders: Globe, Haven, Hopper, Platform, Tubes or Window feeder
Preferred seeds: Black oil sunflower seed

Purple finch
Feeder placement: Raised or hanging
Preferred feeders: Globe, Haven, Hopper, Platform, Tubes or Window feeder
Preferred seeds: Black oil sunflower seed

White-throated & white-crowned sparrows
Feeder placement: Ground
Preferred feeders: Hopper or Platform
Preferred seeds: Black oil sunflower seed or quality mixed seed (black-oil and striped sunflower seeds, millet and cracked corn)

Junco
Feeder placement: Ground
Preferred feeders: Hopper or Platform
Preferred seeds: Black oil sunflower seed or quality mixed seed (black-oil and striped sunflower seeds, millet and cracked corn)

Grackle, cowbird & redwing blackbirds
Feeder placement: Ground
Preferred feeders: Hopper, Tubes or Platform
Preferred seeds: Black oil sunflower seed or quality mixed seed (black-oil and striped sunflower seeds, millet and cracked corn); mixed seed only in tube feeders

Information adapted from the Duncraft Birdfeeding Chart

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