Nuts, Peanuts, Mix Backyard Wild Bird Feeding
Many birds can be exclusive in their diets and prefer fruits and nuts to traditional seed offerings. While species such as woodpeckers and nuthatches will visit a seed feeder, often the best way to attract them to feeding stations is with nuts. Attract a wide variety of wild birds to backyards and garden by offering their favorite nut treats!
Some birds are exclusive in their diets and prefer fruits and nuts to traditional seed offerings. While species such as woodpeckers and nuthatches will visit a seed feeder, they prefer nuts to seeds most of the time. Set aside a sanctuary area just for them! A few species of birds which enjoy nuts are: red winged blackbird, bluebirds, indigo bunting, gray catbird, chickadee, cowbird, purple finch, American goldfinch, ruffed grouse, jays, juncos, ruby crowned kinglet, robin American, pins siskin, field sparrow, white crowned sparrow, hermit thrush, tufted titmouse, woodpeckers, Carolina wren and house wrens. Many of the woodpeckers are attracted to peanut and nut feeders, including the magnificent pileated Woodpecker. Whole or crushed, unsalted peanuts can be used to attract a larger variety of birds to your feeding stations. The more types of bird food you supply, the more species of birds you will have visit your habitat.
Feeding NutsAn all time favorite food choice of wild birds is nuts. Americans have caught on to the idea of feeding peanuts to wild birds and we for one think it's a wonderful idea. Peanuts attract some of our favorite species to our backyards and their presence is a daily joy. The antics of these birds as they enthusiastically wrestle a nut out of the feeder is worth the small extra effort it may take to supply this healthy food choice. In Europe, peanuts have been a basic of bird feeding for years! The peanuts we use for bird feeding are rejects from the cocktail peanut trade. Peanut growers and producers have come to realize that the wild bird food industry was the perfect place to market the bits and pieces of peanuts that were broken in the process of being made into snack foods for humans. Bird watchers could offer these rejects in their feeders and benefit both the birder and wild birds. Now, nuts unsuitable for the food industry are typically sold as bird food and are also found in many specialty seed blends. Most often they are shelled and usually roasted but not salted. Do not use salted peanuts in your feeders!
Shelled peanuts may be served in wire mesh feeders, tube, or in tray, hopper and platform feeders. Special peanut feeders are available so that the birds that love them the most - woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, and nuthatches - have a better chance at getting them without other birds hogging feeders. These feeders are most often made of wire mesh without perches so that birds are required to cling to the sides in order to get at the nuts. This makes it more difficult for species like doves and sparrows to take over. However you offer them, some small bits of peanuts will find their way to the ground below the feeder where they'll be eaten up by all ground feeding species, making nuts a no waste food and easy to clean up after!
Nuts are an incredibly popular food at feeders. They are high in protein, oil, and fat, making them a perfect addition to the foods you offer the birds in your backyard, particularly during the winter when shorter days require birds to eat as much high energy food as they can in a shorter span of time. They provide an important high protein source to winter tired birds and help insect eating species who have a tougher time finding their natural food sources when tempratures drop.
Birds that love peanuts include cardinals, pyrrhuloxias, siskins,woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, finches, sparrows, wrens, woodpeckers, doves, juncos and jays.
It ought to be mentioned that squirrels in all probability love peanuts even more than birds, so it's important to offer nuts in a feeder that is outfitted with a squirrel baffle to keep them accessing food supply. Peanuts can be subject to mold in hot, wet weather so only offer smaller bits at a time during summer months. Offer only as much as the birds can eat in a few days in warmer weather. Even during the winter we tend to fill our feeders to about a weeks worth of peanuts, but we live in southern climates where winters are not as harsh and tend to be wet. A hanging baffle over your peanut feeder to protect them from foul weather may be good idea depending on how often you fill feeders, even if the feeder is already hanging on a pole fitted with a squirrel baffle. Use common sense - if your winters are very cold, it is likely peanuts will last longer.