Shown below are some of the most widely used seeds for feeding birds. Inexpensive mixes found at many grocery stores and other locations often include a large percentage of millet and milo, two seeds best served on the ground or low platform feeders.
Black Oil Sunflower
Black oil sunflower is the best all around choice. It attracts a wide variety of species, including:
• Chickadees and titmice
• Purple and House Finch
Sunflower chips might come from black oil or striped sunflower. Popular with the same species that like black oil sunflower.
Offer sunflower chips to eliminate hulls and un-eaten seeds that fall to the ground. Un-eaten seeds can germinate or attract vermin.
Nyjer is a small, imported seed popular with goldfinches and siskins.
Sometimes called thistle, it is not the same as the common thistle plant found in the United States.
Nyjer® is a trade marked name of the Wild Bird Feeding Industry.