Great ideas to feed our feathered friends

What do they like to eat?

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) -

Having a bird feeder in the back yard is one of the best features to add to your backyard. We checked in with Bob Mulvihill, an ornithologist at the National Aviary to find out what’s best for the food and the best type of bird feeder to get.

Mulvihill says that sunflower seeds are the perfect snack for most birds. Look for bird seed that contains either the larger striped sunflower and the smaller black oil sunflower. He prefers the smaller black oil seeds, “because it’s a smaller seed with a thinner shell that even the smaller birds like the goldfinches can get through the shell to the nutmeat inside.”

When it comes to birdfeeders, his favorite are the platform feeders. “I like a flat floor with a roof over it, because then you see the birds from every side as they’re coming in to use the seed. The seed is still protected from the weather. It does need to be filled a little more often. It doesn’t have a big reservoir of seed, but it, but it’s a really nice way to feed birds.”

Hopefully this will help you on your way to bringing birds to your backyard. Don’t forget to check out how to make your own Hummingbird Feeder.

Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Lead content producer for the Ark-La-Tex Weekend as well as Creative Services Producer.