Trying Nutra-Saff (Golden Safflower) Again

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Nutrasaff or "Golden Safflower"
Nutrasaff or “Golden Safflower”

Years ago I saw a bag of Nutra-Saff (sometimes called “Golden Safflower”) on a store shelf and gave this version of safflower a try. None of the birds in my yard seemed impressed. Eventually it got eaten but not enthusiastically, so I didn’t buy more of it. But recently, after writing a post on Choosing Seed For Backyard Birds, I started thinking about it and decided to give Nutra-Saff another try.

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Flocks of Nuisance Birds At Feeders

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Part of a Flock of Red-Winged Blackbirds and Common Grackle nuisance birds
Red-Winged Blackbirds and Common Grackle

How do you get rid of a flock of nuisance birds? Late winter to very early spring can be a stressful time of year for the backyard bird watcher. You put out the regular foods in the regular bird feeders for your regular birds . . . and a noisy aggressive mob of Common Grackles, Brown-Headed Cowbirds, Red-Winged Blackbirds and European Starlings show up. These flocks often take over feeders, push other birds out and eat huge amounts of seed. What can you do about it? Here are some options:

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Choosing Seed For Backyard Birds

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White-Breasted Nuthatch Eating Sunflower Hearts
White-Breasted Nuthatch Eating Sunflower Hearts

What kind of seed do birds eat? How do you choose seed for backyard birds? If you offer the kind of seed birds you want to attract eat, you’ll get more birds at your feeders!

When you first start feeding birds, you might think you can just buy any birdseed mix, plop it in whatever feeder you like and a wide variety of birds will quickly come flocking. The seed bag probably has a list of all the birds that will eat the food, so all of them should show up at your feeder, right?

Well, they might if you are lucky. But it is also very possible you will wind up with a mob of birds you don’t like dominating the feeder picking through the mix. The seed they don’t like and drop on the ground goes to waste. Putting the right feeder in the right location is important, but what you put into it is important too. Here are the seeds and other foods I offer birds (and foods that I don’t) in my own Maryland back yard, followed by a list of who eats what.

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