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Bring birds to your feeder

By: Garden Gate staff
Early spring is when you’ll see lots of birds returning from their winter range. What do you do if you’ve put up a bird feeder and filled it with black oil sunflowers or some other good quality seed but the birds aren’t flocking to it?

bring birds to your feeder

Early spring is when you’ll see lots of birds returning from their winter range. What do you do if you’ve put up a bird feeder and filled it with black oil sunflowers or some other good quality seed but the birds aren’t flocking to it? Well, here’s a helpful tip: Buy a small bag of inexpensive seed mix, the kind you can find at any hardware, home improvement or discount store. But instead of pouring it into the feeder, sprinkle a handful or two of it on the ground under it.

You’ll get less desirable sparrows and grackles at first, but when the other birds see them eating comfortably, they’ll swoop in to see what’s going on and discover the feeder. When they feel at ease at your feeder, you can stop tossing seed on the ground. Or, continue to do it for the birds, such as cardinals and juncos, which feel more comfortable feeding on the ground.

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