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Birding in Minnesota: A Guide For The Backyard Bird Watcher

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Birding in Minnesota

SEEDS OF SUCCESS

Bargain-priced bird food is cheap because it contains “filler” seeds most birds don’t like—e.g., milo, wheat, rapeseed, oats, and canary seed. Quality birdseed may cost a bit more, but it is more likely to attract a wide variety of birds to your feeders, will last longer, and, most important of all, will help give the birds in your backyard the fuel they need to migrate, nest, and feed their young.

Wild Birds Unlimited offers more than a dozen different types of birdseed that contain no filler. Top off your feeders with these and your backyard will be the most popular bird destination on the block:


CHOICE BLEND
Seeds: Black oil sunflower, striped sunflower, sunflower chips, safflower, and shelled peanuts.
Birds: Chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches, cardinals, and blue jays.

SAFFLOWER
Seeds: 100 percent safflower.
Birds: Blackbirds and squirrels tend not to like it, but finches, cardinals, nuthatches, and chickadees do.

DELUXE BLEND
Seeds: Black oil sunflower, striped sunflower, safflower, and white millet.
Birds: Juncos, doves, towhees, chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals, and grosbeaks.

NO-MESS BLEND
(100 percent edible ingredients)
Seeds: Fully shelled sunflower, peanuts, and white millet.
Birds: All seed-eating birds plus ground-feeding birds such as juncos, cardinals, and morning doves.


BLACK OIL SUNFLOWER
Seeds: High-fat, high-protein, thin-shell sunflower.
Birds: All seed-eating birds, especially cardinals and finches.

NYJER
(100 percent edible ingredients)
Seeds: 100 percent nyjer (similar high-fat content as black oil sunflower).
Birds: Finches.

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