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Sunflower Chips

Sunflower chips are sunflower seeds without the hulls (shells) and are hands down the most popular seed available. They come in either a medium grind or finely ground. There are advantages for you and for the birds. Since there is no shell there is less mess under the feeder and if it falls to the ground it will not grow. The birds love this seed and it is easier for the birds to eat. Even some insectivores will eat chips.

Attracts

Woodpeckers, mockingbirds, wrens, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, goldfinches, house finches, grosbeaks, sparrows, bluebirds, juncos, jays, quail, turkey, doves, pigeons and squirrel

Use in these feeders

tube, hopper, hanging platform, ground platform
Conversation with a Crow


I was watching all the bird activity on my feeders recently, specifically noting the hierarchy of birds getting to feed while others were waiting their turn. While I was checking out the action I suddenly noticed another bird, a crow, looking my way.

"Hey!" I called to the crow. "Are you watching me?" Incredibly, the crow answered. "Yes, people watching is my hobby. I find human behavior both fascinating and complex." "Thatís funny," I said.

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East Bay Times Article


Attracting birds and bees to our yards and gardens is simple, if we provide what they like and need.

Joanie Smith, owner of East Bay Nature in Walnut Creek, says there are five essential elements for success ó water, food, cover, nesting and safety.

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