Valley Splendor Wild Bird Food

Birdfeeding Tips


Providing Fresh Water

  • Birds rely on water just as much as they need food, so give birds clean water to drink, and it will in-turn attract them to the food.
  • Birds appreciate a clean place to take a bath, to not only groom themselves, but also stay healthy.

Picking the Proper Feeder

  • Different blends of bird food require different types of feeders. For example, you can offer:
    • sunflower seeds in a tubular or hopper feeder
    • thistle (also called Nyjer Seed) in a finch feeder, which is a tubular feeder with smaller ports
    • mixed seed in a hopper feeder or a tray feeder

Understanding the Importance of Suet

  • Suet is type of bird food that is high in fat, providing birds with extra protein for energy.
  • Suet comes in a small square block that is placed in a wire mesh suet holder.
  • Suet is great for feeding birds that might not come to a regular feeder, and also is great for the cold winter months when birds need that extra energy.
Helpful tips on which birds like what seeds

Black Oil Sunflower

  • The number-one choice for the largest variety of birds.
  • The most economical seed that will be sure to get birds to your backyard.

Striped Sunflower Seed

  • The seed preferred by larger birds, such as cardinals and jays.

Hulled Sunflower Seeds

  • Sunflower seeds without the hull or shell. Because there is no shell to crack open, a greater variety of birds can enjoy these hulled seeds, including mockingbirds, wrens, woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, gold finches, house finches, cardinals, grosbeaks, sparrows, and jays.
  • Great for feeding on decks, patios, and gardens because no messy shells fall beneath the feeder.

Thistle (Nyjer Seed)

  • The top seed choice of finches.
  • Not a favorite of squirrels, so they are less likely to try eating from your feeder if it contains Thistle (Nyjer seed).


  • A highly desirable seed that attracts many of the same birds as Black Oil Sunflower, such as chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, gold finches, house finches, grosbeaks, and jays.
  • Not desired by squirrels and grackles, so your feeders can be left undisturbed


  • A small round seed that has several different types including White, Red, and Golden Millet.
  • Mostly offered in mixes of bird seed.
  • Enjoyed by ground-feeding birds, including doves, sparrows, juncos, bobwhites, and quails.


  • Also known as Sorghum, a less desirable seed often offered in more inexpensive mixes.
  • High in carbohydrates – enjoyed by doves, sparrows, quails, and tohees.

Cracked Corn

  • Dried corn kernels that have been cracked into smaller pieces.
  • Preferred by birds that feed on the ground, including pheasants, quails, doves, sparrows, towhees, blackbirds, grackles, and jays