Review: A Cheap Bird Seed Cardinals Crave on Amazon

I’m constantly trying new bird seeds to ensure my neighborhood Northern Cardinals are happy and stopping by my feeders. I recently bought a three pound bag of Valley Farms Black Oil Sunflower Seed and it’s another cheap bird seed find I’d highly recommend for Cardinals, and other birds!

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A bag of Valley Farms Black Oil Sunflower seed from Amazon. It's a cheap bird seed find online!

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I’ve been feeding the birds for years and sunflower seed is one of my favorite foods to offer at my feeders for two reasons. First, it draws in the largest variety of birds (I’ll list them later). And, it’s cheap!

Don’t take my word for it. Bird experts at Cornell and Audubon also speak highly of sunflower seed for bird feeding, due to its nutrients and appeal to many different bird species.

Here’s a link to view and purchase the seed here

This three pound bag of bird seed was $8.99 (on sale) when I purchased it. But, I’ve since seen that price jump up to $12.50 (subject to change). My recommendation is to shop for this seed and compare it with the Audubon Park Cardinal Blend of bird seed, another cheap bag of seed I love using for attracting cardinals! Read my full review on that seed linked here.

I’ve had luck with this seed for Northern Cardinals, Black-Capped Chickadees, Dark-Eyed Juncos, and House Finches so far. In the spring and summer, I can also see it attracting Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.

I’ve been using this seed in a tube and hopper feeder, but it will do well in just about any bird feeder.

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This seed also currently has a 4.7/5 customer review rating on Amazon. Really, really good! Like me, people love that this seed is popular with birds and affordable.

Like most cheap bird seeds, I did find a little bit of filler in this bag (some sticks)…but not much compared to other bird seeds. See below for a sample I put out into a paper towel. This seed is free of other fillers like red milo and oats. The seed was also fresh and felt like it retained its oily-ness during bagging and transit.

Black oil sunflower is a cheap bird seed. This bag has some filler ingredients, but not that much!
The wood/sticks on the left is pretty minimal filler.

Birds that Will like this Bird Seed

As mentioned earlier, many other birds outside of Northern Cardinals will enjoy Black Oil Sunflower seed in a feeder!

  • Blue Jays
  • Cardinals
  • Chickadees
  • Finches
  • Grosbeaks
  • Nuthatches
  • Pine Siskins
  • Titmice
  • Woodpeckers
  • Wrens

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Here’s a view of the back of the bag. I like to post this to verify that this seed is a good source of protein and fat for birds. This is important for them in the winter and spring when they need as much energy as possible.

The back of a bag of black oil sunflower bird seed showing its fat, fiber, and protein content.
Protein, fat, and fiber!

If you end up buying this bird seed, let me know in the comments section below what you think of it.

Also, if you want to shop varieties of Cardinal bird seed mixes in general on Amazon, here’s a link to that too.