Friday, August 17, 2012

Fall Bird Seed Mixes

Hummingbirds will migrate when it's time to go, regardless of the presence or absence of feeders. The recipe for sugar water is the same as in summer. The solution is prepared at a ratio of four parts water to one part cane sugar. Boil the solution, and then let it cool before filling your feeder.

Meal-worms attract birds that include but not limited, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinals, American Robins and more. Shallow trays will hold the meal worms for easy access. Most pet stores sell meal worms.
House Sparrows, grackles, and cowbirds benefit from "millet mix" or cracked corn. . About 30 percent of the bird food in the fall should be white proso millet or millet mixes scattered on the ground-feeding sites. Red proso millet and milo (grain sorghum) are used much less than white proso millet, and are generally unnecessary as an ingredient of fall birdseed mixes.

Chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and jays enjoy peanuts, peanut butter, commercial suet cakes, and suet are all beneficial fall foods that are high-energy sources. Peanut butter and suet mixes can be smeared onto tree bark, or pressed into holes that have been drilled in small tree branch sections that can be hung as bird feeders.

Pileated Woodpeckers seem to prefer suet chucks firmly attached on top of a solid feeder platform.