Daily Archives: February 7, 2009

Different ways of feeding birds

I’ve got a small area of the garden where I put bird food on the ground.

  • A bush gives the birds shelter and often keeps the ground frost free
  • A meshed bird feeder giver smaller birds a safe place to eat.
  • A small piece of lawn near the bush is always kept clear of snow.

Feeding birds can just be as simple as keeping an area free from snow and putting bird food at the base of a bush so birds  can eat sheltered from the snow.

Sunflower Seeds for Birds

Sunflower seeds are a really popular bird food for my garden birds which is a good thing as sunflower seeds give INSTANT ENERGY to  garden birds because they have –

  • A high oil content
  • A high fat content

INSTANT ENERGY is important when feeding birds in winter as the cold dark nights and short days mean less time for our feathered freinds to eat enough bird food to survive


Black sunflower seeds

Black sunflower seeds

Black sunflower seeds are high in

  • Vitamin E
  • Boitin
  • Choline
  • Thiamin
  • Zinc

The black sunflower seeds can be put on the bird table all year round and help a lot of garden birds survive.

Sunflower seeds can be bought as a single seed selection or as part of a bird food mix.  Some seed mixes attract

  • chaffinches
  • house sparrows
  • tree sparrows
  • greenfinches
  • blue tits
  • great tits

Indeed almost any bird that visits the bird table or bird feeder will eat black sunflower seeds – I know I’ve seen them.

Here’s a bird I often see at my bird table


So sunflower seeds are a good all round feed for year long use.

How to feed:

  • Tubular hanging bird seed feeder
  • Bird table

Sunflower seeds are a popular meal for garden  birds and they’ll be popular with you as well when you see the variety of birds that will visit your garden to feed on them.