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Safflower

Safflower is a large white seed with a shell. It is appealing to most birds, but it is an acquired taste. Most jays, House Sparrows, European Starlings, and squirrels don't like safflower. If all else fails keeping the squirrels out of your feeder you can switch to safflower seed as long as you don't mix it with anything else. It is the favorite seed of the Oak Titmouse.

Attracts

House Finch, Purple Finch, Oak Titmouse, chickadee, Black-headed Grosbeak, White-breasted Nuthatch, dove, pigeon, turkey, sparrow, junco, woodpecker

Use in these feeders

Tube feeder, hopper feeder, hanging platform, ground platform, mesh feeder

At the Water Cooler


I'm lucky to have a lot of trees in my yard many of which are native to this area. I have one very large one that grows close to the house - a big kahuna that produces lots of acorns in certain years. This year, they're everywhere. Dropping on the cars in the driveway, hitting the roof. There are more acorns here than I've ever seen...

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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 water, food, cover, nesting and safety.

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