Bird Feeding Basics

Feeding birds is more than just a delightful pastime; it’s a way to connect with nature, bring a touch of wildlife to your doorstep, and contribute to the well-being of our feathered friends.

The joy of wild bird feeding

At PROJECT WILDBIRD, we’re passionate about sharing the joy of bird feeding and ensuring it’s done in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner. Join us as we explore the art and science of feeding birds and discover how this simple act of kindness can make a big impact. 

 Why Feed Wild Birds?

  • Connection with Nature: Wild bird feeding allows you to create a closer connection with the natural world. It brings the wonders of avian life right to your window, balcony, or garden. 
  • Educational Opportunity: Observing wild birds at your feeders can be a wonderful learning experience for children and adults alike. It’s a chance to study different species, behaviors, and interactions up close. 
  • Conservation Support: Providing food to wild birds during tough seasons, such as winter, can aid in their survival. It’s also a way to advocate for bird conservation and raise awareness about their importance. 

What Bird Feed Types Are Available?

When it comes to bird feed, your options are diverse, catering to either a wide range of wild birds in your area or specific species you wish to attract. Here are the primary types of bird feed:


  1. Straight Seed: This is precisely what it sounds like – a package containing a single type of seed, such as Black Oil Sunflower or Safflower. Opt for Straight Seed when you aim to entice particular bird species rather than a mix of varieties.
  2. Mixes: Crafted by experienced wild bird feed producers, these blends incorporate various types of wild bird feed to attract a broad spectrum of bird species. The producer uses a tried-and-true recipe to ensure consistency year-round.
  3. Suet Products: These are rich sources of fat that provide wild birds with essential energy. Your local wild bird store likely offers a variety of suet flavors.
  4. Seed Cakes or Bells: These delectable bird feed sources are held together with a safe binding agent. They can be a mix or a single type of seed.

Wild Bird Seed Types

Types of bird seeds