Mar 17, 2016 | Featured Web Article

Bird Feeding Tip: Try Sunflower Hearts

Sunflower hearts may be more expensive, but they last longer at a backyard feeder—and they are more accessible to birds with weaker bills.
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If I were to pick only one food to offer at my feeding station, it would be sunflower hearts. Yes, they're expensive, but a bag of sunflower hearts (no shells, just the meat of the seed) lasts more than three times as long as a bag of seeds with shells. Not only this, but every species that comes to my feeding station eats them. Being hull-less, hearts are accessible to weaker-billed birds, like siskins, redpolls and Carolina wrens. Goldfinches love them, too.



About Bill Thompson, III

Bill Thompson, III, was the team captain for Watching Backyard Birds from its inception 23 years ago through his death on March 25, 2019. So much of what he wrote is timeless and remains informative, helpful, and inspiring.

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