About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Monday, May 7, 2012

How to attract the best birds to your feeder

I’ve heard this question several times over the last few weeks. People want to know if we sell some magic seed to draw in the brightest colored birds.

Wild Birds Unlimited No-mess Blend is our best selling blend. You wouldn’t believe the number of birds our special mid-Michigan formula draws in for up-close viewing. For more info on our unique No-Mess Blend bird seed which features seeds that have had their shells removed so only the meat of the seed is left, click HERE.

Now along with these “colorful birds”, the duller colored female birds as well as the birds people love to hate, the blackbirds and starlings are also attracted to our best blend. So there really isn’t a seed just for the prettiest birds.

Wild Birds Unlimited also sells straight safflower seed. Safflower is a small, white seed that is high in protein and fat. The shape of the shell and the bitter taste makes this seed unattractive to starlings, blackbirds, and squirrels. It is not as popular as No-Mess but will attract popular backyard birds including Cardinals, Chickadees, Blue Jays, House Finches, Mourning Doves, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Tufted Titmice, and Nuthatches.

You can also feed Nyjer® (thistle) bird seed and attract mainly goldfinches or “yellow birds”. I love the happy, warm, song of the American Goldfinch and the huge flocks of finches that flutter down from the tops of trees as they take their turn at the feeder. But in our area Nyjer® generally attracts only the bright yellow male goldfinch and the duller olive green/brown female.

Whatever seed you choose we guarantee it will be fresh. If you are over by the Wild Birds Unlimited in East Lansing, MI Tuesday morning you can help me load in a couple tons of seed or I can help you carry it out to your car.

Keep your questions coming. If you’re wondering about something, chances are several other people are wondering too.

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shed kits said...

They are really pretty! I am looking forward for more post!

MomHomeGuide.com said...

What do you recommend for keeping squirrels away from my Finch feeders. I got a plastic tube finch feeder (and filled it with thistle seed), and was enjoying watching all the finches, but then the squirrels in my backyard chewed gigantic holes in my new feeder! I want to continue feeding the finches, but my last feeder lasted less than a week, thanks to the squirrels.

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

Tips for feeding the finches and not the squirrels:

1)Seed Selection - I’ve never had a problem with the critters on any finch feeders that are filled with straight Nyjer thistle seed. No blends.

2)Feeder Selection – If you’re still having a problem, we have squirrel proof finch feeders and most of our Wild Birds Unlimited finch feeders have a lifetime guarantee. If it breaks or a squirrel destroys the feeder we fix it for free.

3)Baffles - Squirrels can jump 4-5 feet high and across 5-10 feet. A baffle will make it harder for the squirrels to reach the seed. There are several types of baffles that you can use too. You can put a baffle around a pole to stop them from reaching your feeder. Or you can use a baffle that goes over your feeder that protects it from squirrels dropping down from the trees.

I also enjoy my finches at the window feeder. Sarah