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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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!
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.
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.
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
- Pine Siskins
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.
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.