We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
Vintage Oaks at Novato,
104 Vintage Way, Suite A-7
Novato, CA 94945
Phone: (415) 893-0500
Fax: (415) 893-0511
Email: Send Message
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Located between Macy's Furniture/BevMo and Pier 1.
You've begun attracting birds to your yard and now you want to attract more. Maybe you already have one simple seed feeder - what do you do next?
Start with Seed, Good Seed
The fastest and most reliable way to attract birds to your yard is with a normal birdfeeder for sunflower seed or a sunflower-based blend. If you want to attract the most consistent and varied birds you do need to have good quality seed. Some big box/hardware store/grocery store/pet store seed blends are filled with cheap but inedible filler ingredients that birds won't eat, greatly reducing the birds you'll see and creating a rodent-attracting mess instead.
Some birds do not eat sunflower, but will accept other foods:
Bluebird bringing mealworms to box. Local picture by Christine Hansen.
One of the most important elements in adding to your yard list is increasing your awareness of the local birds. Get a field guide and learn to recognize the common species in your yard. Sit outside or open your windows on nice days and practice connecting the bird songs or calls you hear with a visual identification. Get a pair of binoculars and keep them someplace handy where you will look at the birds at your feeders. Do these things and you will be more likely to spot newcomers when they arrive.