Successful Bird Feeding
Many times you will see birds tossing out seed from feeders or large
quantities of uneaten seed under feeders. Buying the right seed can make a huge
difference in cost and success. Large manufacturers bag seed for National
distribution. You need a mix that is packaged for birds in your area.
Covington Creek Nursery Bird Seed Mixes are mixed for our area. We have a
premium 4Way Mix that is specialized for our area or a Patio Mix that has no
waste, even the shell of the seed is removed…
When shopping for a bird feeder, the
most important factor in choosing one is the ease of use for both the birds and
yourself. For you, filling the feeder and cleaning the feeder should be easy.
Birds like ledge or a perch. You may choose several varieties of feeders to
attract different size birds. There are three types of seed feeders:
- Hopper Feeders – Resemble small birds
and are post mounted. They have a catch tray and perches. They attract
doves, sparrows, grosbeaks, buntings and ground feeding birds.
- Tube Feeders – Long cylinders with
perches attract small birds such as gold finches and chickadees.
- Globe Feeders – are the most
specialized. They have seed holes and no perches. These can prevent
aggressive birds from taking over feeders.
It is important to keep your feeding stations clean. Do Not Allow
feeders to get moldy. Put small amounts of seed into the feeders, not more
than the birds will eat in a 3-4 day period, especially if it is rainy or
- Clean feeders and remove old
seed, wash with 9 parts water and 1 part bleach. Rinse and allow feeder
to dry thoroughly before refilling.
- Rake up and remove accumulated
hulls and droppings. Spread fresh mulch below feeders.
In a yard designed for bird feeding, tree-dwelling birds search
for insects in shade trees. Other birds move through shrubs or annual
flowers, eating berries, seeds and insects. Ground dwellers find seeds,
grubs, and earthworms in the lawn and leaf litter. A range of feeders
offer birds lots of special treats, and a well-placed birdbath supplies
water for drinking and bathing. Check with our Nursery Staff for
trees, shrubs and annuals that will attract birds to your yard.