11 Dec 2012
WHAT’S ON THE MENU? FOR WILD BIRDS
Whether you live in the Western United States or Eastern United States you will probably have many wild birds anxious to dine in your yard.
In the West the following are what you might find in your yard and what they would prefer to eat. Some of the seed eaters include Woodpeckers (if you give ‘em seeds perhaps they won’t destroy your siding), Sparrows, Nuthatches (they also like peanuts and suet), Chickadees (they also like suet), House and Purple Finches and Goldfinches (they will also enjoy nyjer seed). Orioles like fruit and nectar while Bluebirds will prefer fruit and mealworms. Hummingbirds love their nectar while Robins will probably prefer fruit.
In the Eastern United States you’ll probably see several of the same “littles” as in the Western US such as the seed eaters: Woodpeckers, Sparrows, Nuthatches, Chickadees, House and Purple Finches. Plus those Orioles that like fruit and nectar, and the Hummingbirds. You get to see some birds that the Westerners don’t normally see, like seed eaters Indigo Bunting (they may also eat nyjer seed), Mourning Doves, Grosbeaks and Eastern Towhees. Wrens may prefer mealworms and suet and the Bluebirds will probably prefer mealworms and fruit.
Whatever you feed, please remember to give your birds (and squirrels, if you want them) their favorite “feeding station”. Different species have different desires as to feeding “space”. Some prefer perching while others prefer eating off of the ground. Also, you must provide them a water source for drinking and bathing (they don’t mind using the same water for both). Providing nesting options for them will also help them and enrich your watching immensely. Our website has all of the necessary “stuff” to make your birds happy.
I hope you enjoy your wild birds as much as I do. And, please, always remember to keep your binoculars and a camera close at hand. You’ll need ‘em both!