Shell’s Feed Bird Food Guide
Do you love bird-watching? Are you fascinated by bird behaviors, their interactions with each other, and all the bright colors of their feathers? Well, you’re not alone. Birdwatching is ranked the #2 outdoor activity in the US, second only to gardening.
According to Global Harvest Foods, backyard bird feeding is a $6.3 billion market in the United States alone, with 5 million households participating in backyard bird watching and 3 million households that buy birdseed at least sometimes. Amazing, right?
I’ve always been fascinated by birds. I can sit on my backyard swing and watch the birds in the bird feeder for a long time and never grow bored. It’s definitely better than television or staring at my phone! I love the challenge of trying to identify the species of all the birds that show up at my feeder.
Birds I’ve identified so far at my feeder: Mourning Doves, Tufted Titmouse, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Common Yellowthroat, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, House Finches, Cardinals, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Scarlet Tanager, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chickadee. I think there is one that is another Warbler but I haven’t been able to pick out which one…yet. It’s an ongoing adventure!
Many of the seed items and mixes listed below are available at our store. I have marked those items in bold type in the Food labels above the left-side pictures column below. The plain text italicized items are things that you either probably have on hand at home or you can easily get from a farmer’s market or store. We sell seed mixes in large bags and some by the pound, and if you’re trying to attract birds that like fruit and nuts, we have parrot/macaw mixes that would “fit the bill” nicely (see what I did there? Birds have bills? OK OK I’ll stop the puns for now). In the future I’ll post more about feeders and how to make good bird food suet and peanut butter cakes that your feathered friends will love.
What Can Bird Watching Bring To You?
There is such drama and politics in bird life, they all tell a little story, and they all have their own feather characteristics, behavior quirks, and sparkling personalities. It’s really fun to witness the natural order of things while knowing that my backyard feathered friends are well fed with quality seed and food. It’s a small price to pay for so much entertainment.
A Guide to Our Guide
I wanted to give you a little guide to what bird foods would attract different birds, just to have a general reference. There are lots of different options for some birds, and other birds are very specific in what they like to snack on. Also, not all these birds necessarily are here all year long…and some may not be here at all; the guides that I used for my research weren’t always specific to Florida – but hey, maybe you’re reading this and live in another state! If a specific bird listed isn’t here, I know that birds related to it will be around. Also, some food is good for a whole class of birds, like “warblers” or “sparrows”, etc.
Have more to add to my guide below? Please comment or drop me a line! I hope you enjoy this guide – I had fun making it. I also hope to see you pick up some bird food and feeders from our store in the near future. I promise you won’t regret having all the fun feathered friends who come to visit!
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Marissa – Writer for Shell's Feed & Garden Supply
I'm an over-educated, passionate, gardening and pet enthusiast, and I have found the perfect job! My writing is based on my studies in Biology and Health, and my experiences from gardening with my family as a child.
The great thing about gardening is that it is a life-long learning process. The many blunders and successes of my own gardening projects over the years have been invaluable to me. The late, great, J.C. Raulston once said, "If you're not killing plants, you're not stretching yourself as a gardener." Learn by doing, gain knowledge from the failures, but more importantly, relish the successes, (because they're delicious!) Thanks for reading!
Special thank you to Abby's Farms, where the photo on the left was taken. Shell's Feed & Garden Supply sponsors the chickens and chicken coops there. Visit their website here.