So you have the right feeder all wet up in a nice spot – now all you need is some seed. But before you go grabbing the first bag you see, there are a few things you might want to know about the different types of seeds available.
Black-oil sunflower seeds
This is the best type of seed you can get, and is recommended if you’re just starting out. It is probably the most commonly sold seed type and is one of the healthiest as well because of its high fat content. It is also an ideal seed because its thin shell makes it easy to open. This type of seed will attract nearby cardinals, finches, juncos, sparrows, chickadees, and occasionally woodpeckers.
These are the meat of the sunflower seeds, sans shells. While these are pretty expensive, they will attract most every type pf bird, and they’re the second best seed next to black-oil sunflower seeds.
Striped sunflower seeds
This seed is most commonly found in mixes, due to its hard shell, generally only large-billed birds can eat these.
Often referred to as “thistle” seed, even though it is not related to North American thistle plants, this seed is commonly used to attract different finches.
These seeds attract large-billed birds like cardinals.
This inexpensive grain is often fed to turkeys and ducks and it has been known to attract quail, doves, and sparrows.
This small grain is commonly found in mixes and will attract smaller birds like sparrows.
Some stores will sell peanuts as well for bird feed, but they are often just too hard for most birds to open. Birds prefer certain seeds to others, and if you invest in the better seeds, you’re likely to get more birds.