Three Great Seed Blends for Feeding Wild Birds

Attract a variety of songbird and migratory bird species to your feeders with a mix that will keep them coming back for more.

Bird with red chest perched on a branch
A bird feeder filled with the right seed can bring in all sorts of bird species, including a few you have never seen before.Pixabay

Birding and bird feeding are year-round activities with a cast of colorful characters that change with the seasons. Making your backyard habitat more attractive to birds at any time of year is as easy as installing a feeder. Once you have determined the style of feeder most appropriate for your habitat—hopper, tube, suet cage, or platform—it’s time to ring the dinner bell. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you shop for groceries.

Feed Locally

Wagner's Greatest Variety Blend Bird Food
Before you try to attract new bird species to your feeder, begin by feeding your local birds what they prefer.Wagner's

We all want the most vibrant mix of bird species possible, but it’s best to start by identifying the birds you already have and focus on seed beneficial to them. A multi-seed blend with a high concentration of sunflower seeds is a good all-purpose attractant.

Straight Sunflower

Wagner's Black Oil Sunflower Bird Feed
If you want a generic bird feed, you can’t go wrong with sunflower seeds.Wagner's

If you don’t want to think about various blends, a diet of straight sunflower seed is a great option. They can be either shelled or in the hull, each of which will attract different birds based on their body size and bill shape.

Seed Quality

Lyric Fruit & Nut High Energy Wild Bird Food
Keep your seed dry in a cool, dark place to prevent spoilage.Lyric

Fresh seed will have a crisp and shiny appearance free of dust, stems, or other inedible debris. Make sure there is no mold or mildew growing in the bag, and store in a cool dark place to preserve freshness.