Newsletter Signup  |  Joanie's Blog  |  Login

Hello Nature Lover
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00AM-6:00PM | Sun 11:00AM-5:00PM
About East Bay Nature
Philanthropy
Joanie's Blog
Products
Seeds, Nuts and Suet
Our Seed Mixes
Bird Walk Schedule
Services
Store Locations
Back Yard Birding Tips
Wildlife Forum
Seeds and Nuts - Feeding Preferences

Factors that may help you decide how to best present food to wild birds include the type of seeds and feeders that attract those species that you wish to invite into your yard. Your choices can also help you to deter undesirables. Click the links in the headings for more information about these seed types.

Seed Preferences

Bird Black Oil Sunflower Safflower Millet Peanut Hearts Cracked Corn Nyjer Sunflower Chips Suet Nectar Meal Worms Fruit
Acorn Woodpecker x x x x x x
American Crow x x x x x x x
American Goldfinch x x x
American Robin x x x x
Annas Hummingbird x
Allen's Hummingbird x
Bewick's Wren x x x
Bushtit x x x x x
Band-tailed Pigeon x x x x x
Black-headed Grosbeak x x x x
Brewer's Blackbird x x x x x
California Quail x x x x x
California Towhee x x x x x x
Cedar Waxwing x
Chestnut-backed Chickadee x x x x x x x
Common Raven x x x x x x x
Downy Woodpecker x x x x x x
Golden-crowned Sparrow x x x x x x
Hermit Thrush x x x
Hooded Oriole x x x
House Finch x x x x
House Sparrow x x x x x
Lesser Goldfinch x x x
Mourning Dove x x x x x x x
Northern Bullock's Oriole x x x
Northern Flicker x x x x x x x
Northern Mockingbird x x x x
Nutalls Woodpecker x x x x x x
Oak Titmouse x x x x x x
Oregon Junco x x x x x x x
Pheasant, Wild Turkey x x x x x x
Pine Siskin x x x
Red-breasted Nuthatch x x x x x x
Red-winged Blackbird x x x x x
Ruby-crowned Kinglet x x x x
Rufous Hummingbird x
Scrub Jay x x x x x x x x
Spotted Towhee x x x x
Steller's Jay x x x x x x x x
Varied Thrush x x x x
Western Bluebird x x x x x
White-breasted Nuthatch x x x x x x
White-crowned Sparrow x x x x x x
Yellow-rumped Warbler x x x x x x

There are several types of feeders available and most fit into one of three categories. Click the links in the headings for more information about these feeders.

Feeder Preferences

Bird Tube Feeder Hopper Feeder Platform / Hanging Platform / Ground Suet Cage Nectar Feeder
Acorn Woodpecker x x x x
American Crow x x
American Goldfinch x x x
American Robin x x
Annas Hummingbird x
Allen's Hummingbird x
Bewick's Wren x x x x x
Bushtit x x x x
Band-tailed Pigeon x x x
Black-headed Grosbeak x x x x
Brewer's Blackbird x x x x
California Quail x x
California Towhee x x
Cedar Waxwing x
Chestnut-backed Chickadee x x x x
Common Raven x x
Downy Woodpecker x x x x
Golden-crowned Sparrow x x
Hermit Thrush x x
Hooded Oriole x
House Finch x x x
House Sparrow x x x x
Lesser Goldfinch x x x
Mourning Dove x x x
Northern Bullock's Oriole x
Northern Flicker x x x
Northern Mockingbird x x
Nutalls Woodpecker x x x x
Oak Titmouse x x x x
Oregon Junco x x x x
Pheasant, Wild Turkey x x
Pine Siskin x x x x
Red-breasted Nuthatch x x x x
Red-winged Blackbird x x x x
Ruby-crowned Kinglet x x
Rufous Hummingbird x
Scrub Jay x x x x x
Spotted Towhee x x
Steller's Jay x x x x x
Varied Thrush x x
Western Bluebird x x
White-breasted Nuthatch x x x x
White-crowned Sparrow x x
Yellow-rumped Warbler x x x x
Conversation with a Bat


If you're lucky enough to be outside at dusk on a reasonably warm evening you might see something darting through the air at seemingly nothing. It could be a moth, maybe a bird out late, but most likely, a bat.

I was out at twilight trying to get my bird baths filled for the following day when I thought I saw something zip past out of the corner of my eye. I stood still and waited for movement. There it was again. I tried to track it, but it was moving too fast. "What the heck are you?" I said out loud.

continue reading
...

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 and Dublin, says there are five essential elements for success water, food, cover, nesting and safety.

continue reading
...