uninvited guests like hawks, squirrels, House Sparrows, starlings and blackbirds at the bird feeders.
If you switch over to straight safflower seed you will decrease the
activity of all those guests except hawks. Safflower is a small white
seed about the size of oil sunflower that is savored by Cardinals, House
Finches, Black-capped Chickadees, and more. Blackbirds, starlings,
squirrels, and sparrows avoid safflower. When you start feeding
safflower there will be a dramatic drop in the number of birds at the
feeder but then different birds will appear gradually.
It’s also important to buy suet without seed in it because that's what
the sparrows like. Our Wild Birds Unlimited Peanut Butter Suet contains
just suet and peanuts no seed or we have the straight beef suet that the
just the chickadees, woodpeckers, and nuthatches like. And the Hot
Pepper Suet repels all mammals including squirrels.
If you’re still overrun with flocks of sparrows and starlings, hawks may
actually help you take care of a few of those unwanted guests.
Unfortunately they may also tote off a couple of the birds you like.
To deter hawks, place your feeders where there is ample natural
protection. Evergreen shrubs and trees can provide an easy escape for
the birds. Federal and state laws prohibit the capture, killing, or
possession of hawks and owls. So keep in mind that hawks may eat a few
sparrows and squirrels but only tend to settle in at feeders for two or
three weeks and then they are off again to different territory.
Ultimately, the only thing you can do when a hawk comes to dinner is
wait it out.
If you want to attract the widest variety of birds, Wild Birds Unlimited
has several other blends that are formulated to attract the birds that
live in our area. We do not include cheap filler grains like oats, wheat
and milo that decrease the price per pound of a mix and aren't eaten by
the birds in Michigan. Wild Birds Unlimited blends actually end up
costing less to use while attracting more of the birds that you want to
The only blend I use is Wild Birds Unlimited's unique No-Mess Blend
which features seeds that have had their shells removed so only the meat
of the seed is left. No hulls on the seeds means no hulls on the ground
and the seed won’t sprout either.
Pound for pound, our No-Mess Blend offers the best value because you do
not pay for the shells. The birds eat everything. One 20# bag of No-Mess
contains at least twice as much seed as a bag with shells.
Whichever seed you choose to use, you'll know Wild Birds Unlimited
always has fresh bird food full of the high fat and protein the birds
need right now. Tons of seed comes in every week.
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