This is the mix for bird tables and ground feeders. It includes a variety of food types ideally suited to a very wide range of birds, many of which find accessing food from hanging feeders difficult or impossible. It contains something for almost everyone including species which focus on an insect diet and those that target fruit. It also caters for those species which are just as at home visiting a hanging feeder or a bird table.
THIS MIX IS SAFE IF YOUR PET DOG SHOULD ACCIDENTALLY EAT IT (RAISINS CAN CAUSE KIDNEY FAILURE IN DOGS).
The kibbled (coarsely ground) peanuts are rich in essential oils and proteins, and, being small in size, can be safely offered to birds all year round. (Whole peanuts offered may, very occasionally, be taken by inexperienced blue and great tits during the nesting season and offered to very young chicks in the nest, creating a choking hazard).
Kibbled Peanuts are loved by a wide range of species, including:
Great-spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Brambling, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Nuthatch, Collared Dove, Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge.
Sunflower hearts are an extremely popular food with a very wide variety of bird species. High in essential oils and calories and easy to manage by almost all species likely to visit the garden. These include the ‘softbill’ species such as robins and blackbirds which are unable to crack open the husks of black sunflower seeds. They are a particular favourite for goldfinch, siskin and greenfinch. Birds eat the entire seed heart (some, like greenfinch and goldfinch may discard the very fine membrane that shrouds each seed) so produce very little mess.
Other species which love and thrive on sunflower hearts include:
Great-spotted Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed tit, Goldfinch, Siskin, Redpoll, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Brambling, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Nuthatch, Collared Dove, Stock Dove, Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge
Many species of soft-bill bird are attracted to fruits and berries. The small pieces of dried apple in this mix will cater for their needs whilst remaining safe for your pet dog should it accidentally eat some (raisins, which are commonly included in bird table mixes, can be fatal for dogs, causing kidney failure).
Species that enjoy a bit of fruit in the mix include:
Blackbird, fieldfare, robin, song thrush and starling amongst others
These larvae of the darkling beetle, Tenebrio molitor, are known as mealworms and are used widely to feed wild birds which prefer an insectivorous diet.
Dried mealworms are high in protein (53%) and fat (28%) as well as providing a little fibre.
They will attract a host of wild birds some of which are otherwise rare visitors to the bird table. These include : Wren, Blackcap, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Treecreeper, Starling, Dunnock.
This food offers high carbohydrate levels and oils and is usually targeted by larger bird species and some finches. Since it is not very attractive to smaller bird species it is only included in this mix at a low percentage.
The species which enjoy this food may include: Pheasant, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, House Sparrow,