We love feeding the birds, so I keep my feeders filled to the rim with sunflower seeds so the birds would have plenty to eat.
I don't use seed mixes that have fillers, I've always used black oil sunflower seeds. Healthier for the birds and less little "things" growing in my courtyard with no fillers in the mix!
We also have thistle seed feeders.
I began noticing that I could fill my feeders with sunflower seeds around 8:00 am on a Saturday morning and by noon they were empty! Hmmm, I wondered...what's going on? I also began to notice that I was seeing more black birds than song birds. With black birds come lots of noise, poop and fewer and fewer song birds and doves!
Black birds are big. They eat a lot of seed. It was expensive and though I do love all birds, the black birds were making a mess and I was missing the songbirds coming to my feeders. I wasn't sure what to do, so I asked our locally owned Backyard Wild salesperson if there was a solution and the answer was...YES!
If you want to keep black birds...
from eating all your seed so that you will have an abundance of song birds gracing your feeders...
a change of seed is in order.
No sunflower seed...
You will need to change to safflower seed!
Blackbirds won't eat it.
Squirrels won't eat it.
Songbirds love it!
A few years ago, one person I shared this with said their birds wouldn't eat the safflower seed. When you change your seed it may take a while for them to get used to the change. If there are other feeders close by they may frequent those more often than yours until they get used to the safflower seed...but they will come.
I switched to safflower seed over five years ago and it has been wonderful. There are still black birds and squirrels around my yard, but they never eat my seed so they no longer take over the feeders. We really enjoy watching all of the beautiful songbirds and doves that we feed!
What's your experience with birds...any tips you'd like to share?
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