Watching birds flying in to eat at your backyard feeders can be a very fun and rewarding experience. Attracting the birds to your feeding station can be difficult, though. Generally, birds first look for food on the ground and the temporary visitors are often timid about feeders on a post. Therefore, it would be worthwhile when first attracting birds to scatter food on the ground in a more natural setting. After your visitors start to come to your area, try using an open tray on a post or traditional feeders. In addition to your open feeder, you could try placing three or more smaller traditional feeders at different heights. To reduce competition, place one type of seed in a given feeder. Keep your feeding station in an area where there may be shrubs, trees or close to a natural setting for birds. Once the birds find your feeders they will provide you with hours of pleasure.
SEED PREFERENCES OF SOME PENNSYLVANIA BIRDSBlue Jay- peanut kernels, large sunflower seeds, peanut hearts, oil sunflower, cracked corn.Cardinal – oil sunflower seed, millet, grey-striped sunflower seed.Chickadee – oil and grey-striped sunflower seeds.Grosbeaks – oil and grey-striped sunflower seeds, peanut butter.Gold Finch – oil, large and hulled sunflower seeds, millet and niger.House Finch – oil sunflower seed, millet, peanut hearts and niger.Purple Finch – millet, sunflower seeds and niger.Song Sparrow – red and yellow millet, peanut hearts, oil sunflowers and cracked corn.Tufted Tit Mouse – sunflower seeds and peanut kernels.Nuthatches- suet and sunflower seeds.Pine Siskins – millet, cracked corn and niger.Juncos – millet, cracked corn and niger.Morning Dove – millet, cracked corn, sunflower seeds, wheat, oats, rye and buckwheat.Downy Woodpeckers – suet, peanut hearts, nut meats, peanut butter and fruit (chopped apple, banana raisins).
SUET RECIPE1/2 animal fat (from your local meat counter)1/2 peanut butterBird seed – enough to make a thick mixture.Melt the fat down slowly, purify it and let harden. Re-melt and then add peanut butter and seed.