Life is filled with small pleasures. For me, a few of those small pleasures include anything pertaining to the avian world. I enjoy spending my time bird watching and I especially enjoy watching all of my bird visitors at the feeders. This includes, in particular, my black-capped chickadees. To show my appreciation for all of the joy these birds bring me, I thought I would spoil them with an extra treat at the feeders.
While shopping for a new variety of food, I settled on purchasing a bag of Feathered Friend Chickadee’s Choice Wild Bird Seed. These bags of seed come in a variety of sizes and I decided on a four-pound bag that set me back $6.99. I may go with a larger bag in the future, but I wasn’t sure if they would like it or not and I didn’t want to see any of it go to waste or to the squirrels.
Here are a few images of the bag of Feathered Friend Chickadee’s Choice and its contents:
This food claims to attract chickadees, tufted titmice, juncos, nuthatches, wrens, and woodpeckers. And boy did it ever! The mixture includes sunflower kernel, mixed feed nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds), peanuts, black oil sunflower seed, grey striped sunflower seed, and safflower seed. This seed blend can be used in a variety of feeders such as hoppers, tray, tubes, and window feeders.
Upon opening the bag, I took notice of the nice and fresh smell of its blend of seeds and nuts. I set up my Pennington Cedar Hanging Feeder with some of the contents from the bag and waited to see what would happen. Within a few minutes and with their keen sense of smell, my black-capped chickadees arrived to inspect the new food. They enjoyed it very much and I also had several other interested bird visitors show up as well. I took notice that the black-capped chickadees especially enjoyed the grey striped sunflower seeds and peanuts. The peanuts were also quite popular with the white-breasted nuthatches.
A black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) at the feeder.
A black-capped chickadee with a grey striped sunflower seed.
A black-capped chickadee and white-breasted nuthatch at the feeder.
A white-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) taking a peanut.
A female purple finch (Haemorhous purpureus) at the feeder.
A white-breasted nuthatch coming back for more.
An American goldfinch (Spinus tristis) at the feeder.
A black-capped chickadee in the woods enjoying a peanut.
I also provide suet for the black-capped chickadees and the other birds as well. I have been purchasing woodpecker suet from C & S Products Co. Inc. It goes for about 99 cents a cake. It has a wonderful peanut scent and is a big hit with my visitors.
Woodpecker suet for year-round feeding.
A detailed view of the suet.
A black-capped chickadee feeding on suet.
A white-breasted nuthatch enjoying suet.
A female hairy woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus) enjoying suet.
My main go-to bird food is Feather Friend Premium Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. I usually purchase about two, forty-pound bags per year and these feed a variety of birds throughout the year. Each bag costs about $17.99. This popular food provides a nice energy source for the birds and I am constantly restocking my feeders.
A bag of Feather Friend Premium Black Oil Sunflower Seed.
A view of the black oil sunflower seeds.
I think I will be adding the Chickadee’s Choice in addition to the black oil sunflower seeds and suet. I will purchase a larger bag next time and I think this will make for a nice variety of foods for my black-capped chickadees as well the other birds. If you have any favorite food brands and blends that you provide your black-capped chickadees and other birds visitors, please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.
“Excuse me, can I some bird food, too, please?”
Of course, within reason, I do allow these troublemakers to enjoy some bird food as well. They can have as much as they want of the fallen black sunflower seeds on the ground. Not from my feeders. Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know!