Of course, selecting the perfect feeder is not the end of the story. Birding enthusiasts will also need to fill their newly erected storehouses with the tasty treats birds love, such as seeds, crushed nuts, mealworms, fruit, coconut, suet cakes and insect cakes. Birds also need nutrients that commercially bought bird feed can’t provide. Therefore, landscape choices like brambles offer edible berries, or nettles, which encourage a range of insects, can round out a bird’s diet. Of course, depending on which species a birder is courting, certain commercial foods provide more of an enticement.
It is important to select high-quality bird seed as many cheaper seed mixed are topped off with inedible fillers or even bits of dog biscuits, which are indigestible unless they’ve gotten a good soaking. Quality seed mixes will also specify the particular species or feeder to which it is suited, whether a bird table or seed feeder, for instance. Mixes designed for particular bird species are also available, such as millet and small seeds to attract finches or maize flakes to lure blackbirds.