In the Wild with Greg Wagner


BIRDS and THE BLACK-OIL SUNFLOWER SEED by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
January 3, 2010, 6:09 pm
Filed under: Birds, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

If you are looking to feed the birds this winter, especially with the harsher winter weather conditions we are experiencing here in Nebraska, and are wondering what to put out at your bird feeder seed-wise, the small black-oil sunflower seed is it!

The small black-oil sunflower seed has a high oil content, a high meat-to-shell ratio, and offers high quality protein that is nutritionally important to birds. It also has a thin seed coat that is easy for them to crack open. Even though it costs a bit more, small black-oil sunflower seeds are preferred by many smaller species of birds such as chickadees, cardinals, nuthatches and titmice.

It comes down to this: If you’re going to offer one seed – the most nutritious seed – to the widest array of birds in winter, the small black-oil sunflower seed is it!

Here’s a link with some more info on the black-oil sunflower seed as it relates to winter bird feeding from Cornell University:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/AboutBirdsandFeeding/SeedTypes.htm

Happy bird feeding! I’ll see you out there … putting black-oil sunflower seeds in your bird feeder (bundled up, of course)!

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