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Birds and sunflower seeds

Posted by madabouteu 9A Louisiana (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 25, 06 at 9:26

My ladyfrind's house is in a part of New Orleans that flooded, killing almost 100% of the neighborhood's plants.
She's been throwing bird seed for the wild birds and as a result has a huge crop of sunflowers! Which makes me curious - what birds will eat sunflower seeds?

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RE: Birds and sunflower seeds

loads and loads and loads of birds! I am not sure which are indigenous to your area. But sites like Wild Birds Unlimited will define what varieties of birds eat what kind of seed...

RE: Birds and sunflower seeds

  • Posted by sandwhy z5, Evanston IL (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 26, 06 at 23:36

The most annoying sunflower-seed-lovers we have here (close to Chicago) are House Sparrows and squirrels! (not a bird, I know). The House Sparrows are pretty aggressive and that's no fun.

A few other birds here that munch on the seeds are:

Finches (House and Purple)
Cardinals and Grosbeaks
Nuthatches and Titmice
and of course, Sparrows.

I don't know if any of these fall within your geographical range, but migratory birds will also feast on the seeds! You never know what you'll get. :)



RE: Birds and sunflower seeds

Basically, finches will eat from the flowerheads.

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