Choosing Bird Seed
When it comes to picking your bird seed, you need to choose your seed based on what type of birds you like to see frequent your feeding station. Holland park carries bagged and bulk food, and we also run a recyclable pail program. Below are some of the seeds that we carry, and what birds prefer them.
Sunflower – Sunflower is among the most favoured of all the seeds, so if you only want to deal with one type of seed, this one is preferable. Blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, grosbeaks, grackles, and white throated sparrow all love this type of seed.
Nyger seed – Nyger seed is probably one of the most expensive seeds that can be bought, but for good reason. It is usually just placed out in specially designed niger feeders that have small, narrow holes where the seed can only extracted by finches.
Peanuts – Peanuts are the nuts that are highest in nutrition and they have loads of calories - something hungry birds appreciate in the winter! Peanut butter is also another possible. An excellent craft for kids is to coat an item such as an empty paper towel roll in peanut butter and roll it in birdseed. Holland Park carries both shell-on and shelled peanuts.
Safflower - If you're looking for a seed that's squirrel proof, safflower is the way to go! This small seed is high in protein and fat, and is a favourite of nuthatches, cardinals, jays, finches, chickadees, woodpeckers and doves.
Suet – Suet is used mostly as a winter food. This is not only because it is high in calories, but because the suet tends to melt during the hot summer months. During the winter, birds need high caloric foods, so suet (beef or pork fat) is one of the best food items you can invest in for your feeding station. Chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, blue jays, a startling will all enjoy the suet.
Hummingbird Nectar - Hummingbird nectar is a colourless, sugary liquid used in red hummingbird feeders. You do not need to have red nectar in order to attract hummingbirds - in fact, it can be harmful to the birds. We also carry oriole nectar and jelly.
Bulk Birdseed - Holland Park carries two types of bulk birdseed, that can either be purchased by the bag or you can join our pail program, which allows for a bird seed pail to be re-used over and over again. We carry black sunflower seed in bulk, as well as a mixed bulk seed.
Bagged Mixes - Holland Park also carries a variety of bagged mixes that are either a general birdseed or are specially formulated to attract certain species of birds.