I feed the usual things to the birds (sunflower hearts, peanuts, niger seeds, suet blocks) and I also feed white millet to the sparrows and dunnocks.
There are a bunch of other seeds I see on bird food websites that I haven't really heard of and I was wondering if anyone uses these seeds and what birds in the UK would eat them?
- Canary seed
- Oil seed rape
- Hemp seed
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
(Pardon the Scottish Accent)
Thanks Catlady and Linda257 for your replies!
I had a search on some birdseed websites. Couldn't find anything on linseed and rape seed.
Reallywildbirdfood.co.uk says hemp is eaten by greenfinches, woodpeckers, nuthatches, buntings and bullfinches. Vinehousefarm.co.uk says canary seed is eaten by house sparrows, siskins, many species of finch and buntings. Peckamix.co.uk says safflower is eaten by bullfinches, chaffinches, collared doves, goldfinches, greenfinches, house sparrows and nuthatches.
The issue is I've never heard from anyone's personal experience having success feeding any of these seeds. And lots of birds just seem to go for sunflower hearts over any other options :/
Maybe I should buy the smallest possible bag and a small birdfeeder just to test one of these out...
In reply to Rokusii:
Thought I'd come back with an update. I got a trial pack of 4 (hemp, linseed, canary seed, crushed oyster shell) from reallywildbirdfood.co.uk to try out. I put out the hemp seed to start out with and stopped refilling the sunflower seed for a few days to encourage the birds to try it. Anyway, so far the blue tits and coal tits have been eating it even after I refilled the sunflower seed. I might try the linseed next and see what eats that.
In reply to Dave - CH:
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