The best wild bird seed and food you can buy
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- Bird feeders let you enjoy birding without having to leave your home, but to really bring in a wide variety of feathered visitors, you need to offer the right bird seed.
- We did the research for you and rounded up the favorite foods of several popular backyard birds, as well as our top overall pick - Valley Splendor Black Oil Sunflower Bird Seed - which appeals to a wide range of birds.
You set up a bird bath so feathered visitors have somewhere to splash and drink. You chose a bird feeder and hung it where you can easily admire the lovely songbirds that you hope will visit. Now, you need to choose the right bird food.Different species of birds have different preferences when it comes to seed. Offer the wrong type, and you might not have many visitors. That's a frequent problem when you simply fill your feeders with the least expensive "Wild Bird Seed Blend" on the supermarket shelves. Cheap blends generally are heavy on seed that doesn't appeal to many birds, such as milo and millet.
To make your decision easier, we did the research for you and assembled our guide to the best bird seed for your backyard feeder.
Here is the best bird seed you can buy:
- Best wild bird seed overall: Valley Splendor Black Oil Sunflower
- Best wild bird seed mix: Wagner's Greatest Variety Mix
- Best no-mess wild bird seed: Lyric Sunflower Kernels
- Best bird seed to attract finches: Wagner's Nyjer Seed
- Best bird seed to attract cardinals: Kaytee Safflower Seed
- Best bird food to attract bluebirds: Kaytee Mealworms
- Best bird food to attract woodpeckers: Pine Tree Farms Peanut Butter Suet Cake
Updated on 5/22/2019 by Les Shu: Updated prices, links, and formatting.
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