WILD BIRD FEED CHART

Wild Birds

American Goldfinch

R

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Y

American Robin

R

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

American Tree Sparrow

G

 

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Black-capped Chickadee

R

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Carolina Wren

R

 

Y

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Cedar Waxwing

R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y

 

Common Grackle

G

 

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Common Redpoll

G

 

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

Dark-eyed Junco

G

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Downy Woodpecker

R

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Evening Grosbeak

R

Y

Y

 

 

Y

Y

 

 

 

Y

Gray Catbird

G

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

House Finch

R

 

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

House Sparrow

G

 

Y

 

Y

Y

 

 

Y

 

 

Mourning Dove

G

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

Northern Cardinal

G

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Northern Flicker

R

 

 

 

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Northern Mockingbird

R

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Pine Siskin

R

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Y

Purple Finch

R

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Red-bellied Woodpecker

R

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

Red-breasted Nuthatch

R

Y

Y

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Red-winged Blackbird

G

 

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

 

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

R

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

R

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

Song Sparrow

G

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

 

Y

Tufted Titmouse

R

 

Y

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

White-breasted Nuthatch

R

Y

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Y

White-crowned Sparrow

G

 

Y

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

White-throated Sparrow

G

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

R

 

Y

 

 

 

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y


striped sunflower seed

Striped Sunflower Seed

The traditional seed for the finches, Cardinals, and other larger-billed seed eating birds. Many people have replaced this in whole or in part with black oil sunflower seed.
Goldfinches, Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Titmice, Redpolls, , Pine Siskins, Cardinals, Jays, Crossbills, Purple Finches, White-Throated Sparrow, House Finches

black oil sunflower seed

Black Oil Sunflower

An excellent all-purpose seed for most species. Higher food value per volume of seed than Striped Sunflower.
Raised: American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker, Evening Grosbeak, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Ground: American Tree Sparrow, Common Grackle, Common Redpoll, Dark-eyed Junco, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow.

sunflower seed chips

Sunflower Chips

The best all-around seed for almost all species. A little bit more expensive but no waste and no mess. Lack of hulls and smaller pieces make these more accessible to smaller species and in the winter when birds energy budgets are stressed, these provide more nutrition for less effort.
Raised: American Goldfinch, American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker, Evening Grosbeak, House Finch, Northern Flicker, Northern Mockingbird, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Ground:
American Tree Sparrow, Common Grackle, Common Redpoll, Dark-eyed Junco, Gray Catbird, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow.

thistle (niger) seed

Niger or Thistle Seed.

The number one finch food. Mix in ground and tube mixes, or feed in a dedicated Thistle seed feeder that only accommodates the smaller birds.
Raised: American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Ground: Common Redpoll, Dark-eyed Junco, Mourning Dove, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow.

peanut hearts

Peanut Hearts

A good addition to tube and ground mixes, smaller kernel size makes this more accessible to the smaller species. Higher nutritional value than whole peanuts.
Raised: American Goldfinch, American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker, Evening Grosbeak, House Finch, Northern Flicker, Northern Mockingbird, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Ground: American Tree Sparrow, Common Grackle, Common Redpoll, Dark-eyed Junco, Gray Catbird, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow.

whole raw peanuts

Shelled Peanuts

Although they can be added to your mix, these are generally fed in a wire mesh tube as they are a favorite food of clinging birds like Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Chickadees and Titmice.
Raised: American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker, Evening Grosbeak, Northern Flicker, Northern Mockingbird, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Ground:
American Tree Sparrow, Common Grackle, Common Redpoll, Dark-eyed Junco, Gray Catbird, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow.

safflower seed

Safflower Seed

Not very popular with a lot of species, supposedly not very palatable to squirrels. Recommended by some sources for Cardinals. Not recommended for tube feeders, but may be a good choice for a Cardinal feeder or as an addition to seed mix for ground or platform feeders as most of the species which like them are ground feeders.
Raised: American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, Evening Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, White-breasted Nuthatch.
Ground:
Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal.

Cracked Corn

Corn has long been a standard bird food. Although a universal bird food, corn has a few drawbacks, it invites rodents and other undesirable species and is subject to spoilage in damp weather. Corn is a 'heating' food, low in protein and high in carbohydrate, and should be use primarily for winter feeding.
Raised: Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch.
Ground:
American Tree Sparrow, Common Grackle, Dark-eyed Junco, Gray Catbird, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow.

white millet

Milo

Raised:
Ground:
 

white millet

White Millet

A common ingredient in mixes because of its low cost, it can be added to your tube feeder mix in small quantities but it is much more popular with ground-feeding species which do not utilize tube-type feeders.
Doves, House Sparrows, Blackbirds, Juncos, Cowbirds, Towhees, White-Throated Sparrows, Tree Sparrows, White-Crowned Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows

All Seed Photos At The Same Scale For Size Comparison


FEED MAXIMUM STORAGE

Months

1

2 3 6
Black Oil Sunflower Seed     3  
Canary Seed       6
Cracked Corn 1      
Millet       6
Milo       6
Niger 1      
Nutmeats   2    
Safflower       6
Striped Sunflower Seed       6
Sunflower Meats 1      

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