Chas/James Island (zone 8) - enjoying the birds

misterjebJune 30, 2013

I live on James Island across the street from a tidal marsh. This always brings alot of birds around; they visit my feeder for black sunflower seeds and millet. What seed/feed do you put out to lure your favorite birds into view?

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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

I put out hulled,chopped sunflower seed. Costlier but it removes the toxic hulls and there is less loss of seed because the birds can swallow the smaller pieces. Thus,
less rodent attracting seed on the ground.
It is the only seed that seems to attract the bluebirds to the feeder here.

I imagine you have a very wide variety of natives and migrating birds. You live in my favorite part of USA.

Planting tall perennials with persistent seedheads attracts the gymnastic finches and other smaller birds which are fun
to watch.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 1:06PM
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misterjeb

Thanks for the tips Dottie!
Egrets are my fave - whenever they land in my yard, it is a real treat!
I would definitely like to see more finches :)
Hope you make it back down here for some R&R soon!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 8:55AM
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brenda_near_eno(Z7a)

Put in a koi pond if you want more egrets and herons

    Bookmark   July 4, 2013 at 6:18PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Yeah, just fill it with cheap feeder gold fish, not expensive koi !

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 6:22PM
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