Winter Bird Feeding Highlight: Shell-free seed
During the winter months some food sources are naturally lower, like some insects and nectar. This may cause more birds to visit your feeders, especially if you are offering all kinds of delicious treats! One of the easiest, cleanest (no shells all over the ground!), options is to start using shell-free seed blends.
Our favorite is the "patio" shell-free medley. This seed blend includes peanut halves, sunflower chips, and shell-free millet. It is a great option for a wide variety of species. Because peanuts and sunflower chips are soft without their shells, birds that don't have shell-crushing equipment built in (like cardinals) can take advantage of them at the feeder. You will see chickadees, wrens, sparrows, blue jays, warblers, and more enjoying this blend. It is a great option! We have this blend available in 5 and 20-pound bags. If you are curious to try it out, start with a 5-lb bag. But it's such a great blend, you'll be back for the big bag in no time!
Two more great feeding options for the winter months: one is to mix dried mealworms into your seed blend. This helps birds get the important protein they might be missing out on with insects harder to find. Second, is to offer fresh clean water in a bird bath or large shallow dish. Like insects, fresh water can be hard to find in the cold months. Let us know if you try any of these things and if you find it helpful!