Jan 30, 2014 | Featured Web Article

Going Nuts!

Birds attracted with peanuts include woodpeckers, jays, crows, magpies, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, towhees, juncos, and some finches.
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Peanuts out of their shells are a great attractant for chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, and woodpeckers. Feed them in a mesh onion bag, in a wire suet feeder, or in a feeder specifically designed for offering shelled peanuts to wild birds.

If your local seed supplier does not sell peanut bits (broken rejects from peanut-processing plants) in bulk, you may have to resort to buying your peanuts in jars at the grocery store. This can be inexpensive.

Look for dry-roasted, unsalted, cocktail peanuts. Buy generic brands, or the cheapest you can find. Peanuts can turn rancid in hot or wet weather. Regularly change the nuts in your feeder, especially if you notice the birds ignoring them.

By the way, there is no scientific proof that birds choke on peanut butter. But there's no doubt that many of them love whole nuts, in or out of the hull.

Birds attracted with peanuts include woodpeckers, jays, crows, magpies, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, towhees, juncos, and some finches.

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