Birds eat thistle as thistle contains an excellent source of energy and is enriched with high-calorie nutrients much needed for the beautiful and colorful winter birds. I did a bit of experimentation with feeders.
Chickadees will eat nyger until the sunflower feeder is empty.
What birds eat nyjer seed. Birds That Eat Thistle Seed Lure American goldfinches pine siskins dark-eyed juncos and chickadees with nyjer a tiny black seed that is sometimes called thistle. Small birds like finches and sparrows have the right kind of beak to be able to remove the seeds shell in order to eat the seed. Gold finch and purple finch seem to prefer the nyger seed.
It is important to keep the food fresh for these picky little eaters. Finches sparrows tits and crows love the stuff now. Theyll also attract other clinging birds such as pine siskins nuthatches and chickadees.
Nancy Castillo co-owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Saratoga Springs New York and author of the blog Zen Birdfeeder points out that Nyjer contains natural high-calorie oils that attract finches. Nyjer Thistle and Seed Hoops. Both roosters and hens forage for plants worms and beetles and eat scratch such as maize millet sunflower seeds and oyster shells to get the nutrition they need.
Nyjer is a favorite backyard food of goldfinches pine siskins common redpolls house finches and other small-billed seed-eating birds. American Goldfinch eating nyjer seed. Nyjer Seed Mess Under Nyjer Feeders is a mix of Shell and Whole Seed Nyjer is a tiny little sliver of a seed.
These types of bird have smaller sharp and pointed beaks which are perfect for cracking open the shells of the nyjer seed. I had problems at first with nyger seed in that nothing was coming to eat it but it seems once one bird gets a taste for the stuff then others go mental over it. Thistle is one of the most popular expensive seeds that winter birds like to eat during cold and snowy seasons.
So far the only bird that eats millet seed found in cheap mixes are juncos and then only after its been on the ground for a week or so. Birds will eat old niger seed using their beaks. You may also see nuthatches chickadees doves downy woodpeckers and other birds eating it.
Nyjer seeds come from the African yellow daisy. While starlings and House Sparrows do eat nyjer both species prefer sunflower seed and starlings in particular find it difficult to use tube feeders. Nyjer feeders are sometimes called finch tubes or finch socks because theyre the main eaters of nyjer seed.
If given the choice most birds will eat nothing but nyjer seed. Thistle-eating birds are small perching birds. The most common bird youll attract with nyjer seed is the finch.
Oh and I want to warn you this has absolutely nothing to do with Cozy Mysteries I just got back from the grocery store where I found out they no longer carry my Goldfinch nyjer thistle. Is it possible for Roosters to consume bird food. Im not sure whether Im in a ranting or raving mood right now.
Nyjer Nyjer is a high oil content seed making it an excellent energy source for active birds such as goldfinches house finches purple finches and pine siskins. Bird Feeder Rant Rave. Nyjer has a thin shell and is vulnerable to spoilage while in the tube.
Ground-feeding birds such as doves and quail will feed beneath Nyjer feeders as well helping keep the area free of seeds though they do not consume the seed hulls. Goldfinches arent the only birds that eat Nyjer seed. And a bonus to offering Nyjer seed.
When the oils dry out the seed loses both its food value and its flavor and birds shun it. Because nyjer seed is so small and tiny it is perfect for smaller seed-eating birds such as finches. Adding a tray or screen to catch seed beneath the feeder can help control hull accumulation and cleaning under feeders regularly is essential.