Bird feeding doesn’t have to be complicated. Sure, you can invest hundreds of dollars into this hobby with fancy bird feeders and foods, but you can get regular guests in a couple of steps and less than $15. Not many hobbies can make that claim! Plus, recent studies indicate that watching birds is tremendously positive for your mental wellbeing.
Following the two steps below, you’ll be able to start drawing in these birds below (assuming you live in their range).
This approach is for people who are curious about getting started with bird feeding, or those with limited space. Perhaps you live in an apartment with a small balcony or a home with a small yard. This starting approach is for you!
If you’re looking for a more comprehensive way to get started with bird feeding and draw in more species regularly. I recommend you check out my five-step beginner process article instead.
1. Buy Sunflower Seed or a Sunflower Mix
I will say this until my face turns blue: Sunflower blends are the best investment you can make in bird feeding if you want to attract the widest variety of species. It’s relatively cheap and full of healthy fats, protein, and vitamins that birds need. You can find it at any hardware, Costco, home improvement, or bird store. You can also buy it online. Wagner’s and Kaytee are my favorite brands from the internet.
You can also buy no-mess sunflower chips! Birds love it, and you can also draw in more species like doves and goldfinches, who prefer chips versus large shelled bird feed. This approach is also helpful if you’re in an apartment space where a mess would be less than welcome. The only downside is that sunflower chips cost more.
2. Put Sunflower Seed on a Plate or Tray Outside
Find yourself an old plate or tray in your kitchen that you don’t mind putting out for the birds. Or, you can buy a cheap one from any dollar store. Put your sunflower seed on it and place it outside. You’re done! Keep in mind that it may take birds weeks or even months to find the seed. Try putting it in a place where birds will find it while also having some shelter nearby (perhaps a fake plant or table) to make them feel secure when they visit.
It really is this simple. You can stop your bird feeding hobby here and you’ll almost certainly get birds coming back to your home regularly if you keep your plate or tray stocked regularly.
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