Food For Backyard Birds

When it comes to feeding backyard birds, offering a variety of foods will attract different species and cater to their specific dietary preferences. Here are some common types of food you can provide:


a. Sunflower Seeds: Black oil sunflower seeds are a favorite among many backyard birds, including finches, chickadees, and cardinals.

b. Nyjer (Thistle) Seeds: These tiny seeds are highly sought after by finches, such as goldfinches and siskins.

c. Millet: White proso millet is a popular seed choice that attracts ground-feeding birds like sparrows, juncos, and doves. The Munias at our hangout eat Foxtail Millet.

d. Safflower Seeds: Cardinals, chickadees, and titmice are among the birds that enjoy safflower seeds. They also deter squirrels and certain nuisance bird species.

Fruits and Berries:

a. Oranges: Cut oranges into slices or halves to attract orioles and tanagers.

b. Apples: Sliced apples are relished by a variety of birds, including bluebirds, robins, and thrushes.

c. Grapes: Place a bunch of grapes on a platform feeder to entice birds like mockingbirds and cedar waxwings.


a. Hummingbird Nectar: Mix a solution of one part white granulated sugar dissolved in four parts water to attract hummingbirds. Avoid using red food coloring.


a. Suet Cakes: These high-energy blocks made from animal fat can be hung in suet feeders to attract woodpeckers, nuthatches, and other insect-eating birds. You can also make your own suet by combining melted fat with ingredients like seeds, nuts, and dried fruits.


a. Mealworms: These soft-bodied larvae are relished by bluebirds, wrens, and other insect-eating birds. Offer them in a specialized mealworm feeder or a shallow dish.

Remember to monitor the food and replace it regularly to ensure freshness. Provide different feeding options, such as tube feeders, platform feeders, or hanging feeders, to accommodate various bird species. By offering a diverse range of foods, you'll attract a wide variety of birds and provide them with the nutrients they need to thrive.