Fill a feeder with black oil sunflower seeds and it’s like hitting the jackpot. You can attract cardinals, woodpeckers, blue jays, goldfinches, purple finches, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and more. It’s high in fat content and the soft shells are easy to crack making sunflower seed a favorite for most types of birds. Serve the seed in feeders that accommodate a variety of guests using these tips:
- Hang a Hopper Feeder: These house-shaped feeders can hold large amounts of seed, which means less refilling for you. The larger area to land and more space to feed appeals to larger birds like cardinals, jays and doves without excluding wrens, chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches, woodpeckers or grosbeaks.
- Hang Tube Feeders: String one from a tree branch or hang it from a shepherds’ hook and watch chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and finches perform acrobatics on the swaying feeder. Choose one with large ports so it dispenses the large seed easily.
- Search for the Right Perch: The size of the perch relates to the size of the bird you want to attract. If you want big birds like grackles or jays to keep out, choose a feeder with smaller perches or with perches positioned above the feeding ports. These cater to goldfinches, chickadees and other birds that can feed hanging upside down.