Top 6 Nutritious Bird Foods to Provide for the Autumn SeasonBirdy Vantage
A Guide to What You Should be Feeding Backyard Birds in Autumn
Autumn is finally here and with it comes cooler days, and trees that transition into vibrant shades of red, yellow, and brown. While we relish the cooler temperatures and revel at the trees taking on various colors, the changing season is a fragile time for wild birds because food becomes less abundant for them. Providing nutritious bird foods rich in proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals will help birds sustain the high amounts of energy needed to prepare for migration or coming winter.
Wild bird foods that our backyard birds go crazy for are black oil sunflower seeds, dried mealworms, multi-bird seed blend, peanuts, suet, and stripped sunflower seeds. These foods are good sources of protein and fat to give our birds the extra boost in energy they need to withstand the seasonal transition. Follow along with us as we highlight the nutritional benefits of each wild bird food.
1. Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
Wild birds love the flavor and nutrition of black oil sunflower seeds. Black oil seeds have thin shells, making it easier for smaller birds to crack open. The kernels within the shells have more oil per gram than stripped sunflower seeds, which helps birds convert the extra fat into warmth when temperatures drop. Black oil seeds attract grosbeaks, cardinals, chickadees, finches, blue jays, sparrows, woodpeckers, and siskins. Offer black oil seeds on either platform, ground, or tube feeders.
2. Dried Mealworms
Dried mealworms are a good source of protein and fat. Whether served alone or mixed in with other seeds, our backyard birds find the dried mealworms irresistible. Dried birds attract all kinds of birds such as bluebirds, cardinals, woodpeckers, orioles, and robins. They can be served in a tube, ground, or platform feeder.
3. Multi-Bird Seed Blend
Multi-bird seed blends provide a combination of seeds rich in vitamins and minerals to ensure that birds stay healthily. Seed blends usually contain nuts such as sunflower kernels, almonds, shelled peanuts. Some seed blends also contain chunks of real fruit. Seeds blends attract a variety of wild birds and can be severed in an array of bird feeders.
4. Peanuts (Whole or Shelled)
Peanuts contain high levels of fat for energy and protein for growth and overall good health. They are very popular with blue jays, common grackles, woodpeckers, chickadees, and many other species. Peanuts can be served in a peanut, ground, or platform feeder.
Bird suet is made from fatty tissue oftentimes taken from animal fat. Suet provides wild birds with energy to sustain activity levels longer between meals. Suet can be put in a cage or platform feeder.
6. Stripped Sunflower Seeds
Stripped sunflower seeds are generally larger than black oil sunflower seeds. They contain high oil content, providing birds with a high energy food source. Stripped sunflower seeds are very popular with birds like grosbeaks, blue jays, and woodpeckers.
Providing nutritious wild bird food will help birds that visit your backyard feeder endure this changing season. Further, be sure to provide fresh water for drinking and bathing. To guard against early freezes in late autumn, add a heater to your bird bath.