Birdseed More Expensive This Winter?

Birdseed More Expensive This Winter?
Birdseed

According to the National Audubon Society, birdseed may be more expensive this winter. The drought that has hit the US West and Great Plains this year is reportedly heavily impacting seed crops and birdseed prices are expected to rise. If they do, what can we bird watchers do? Here are a few strategies to cope with rising birdseed prices.

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Storing Birdseed: Three Easy Ways

Birdseed Stored in Plastic Bins

How should you store birdseed for backyard birds? You want to keep it clean and dry but also secure so other wildlife doesn’t get into the seed. And you want it to be convenient and easy to access. Here is how I store my birdseed.

Note: Because I recently changed how I store my birdseed, I updated my original post to add a third way to store seed. This replaces the previous post.

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Goldfinches Dropping Sunflower Seed on Ground

American Goldfinches Eating Sunflower Seed
(American Goldfinches Eating Sunflower Seed)

American Goldfinches have been dropping a LOT of sunflower seed on the ground under my feeders. While some dropped seed gets eaten, some goes to waste. And sunflower hearts turn to mush on wet ground, making them an expensive mess. As always, it helps to first watch just what is happening at your feeders and then decide what to do.

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