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Beloved by ground feeders, it is susceptible to rot when wet, so avoid the finely cracked type.
Attracts: Quail, ring-necked pheasant, mourning dove.
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Black Oil Sunflower
Valued for its high oil content, it has thinner shells than the striped kind.
Attracts: Nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, blue jay, purple finch.
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White Proso Millet
An inexpensive grain favored by ground-feeding birds. Use it in a hopper feeder.
Attracts: Eastern towhee, dark-eyed junco, painted bunting.
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Sometimes called cardinal bait. Bonus: It’s unsavory to gray squirrels, common feeder pests.
Attracts: Purple finch, cardinal, white-winged dove, evening grosbeak.
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Currants & Raisins
Soak the fruit in water overnight to soften it; add it to a table feeder or scatter it in an open area.
Attracts: American robin, bluebird, cedar waxwing.