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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A seed that squirrels hate: Safflower

Tired of bushy-tailed rodents gobbling up youir birdseed? If you fill your feeders with most types of seed, you could be knee-deep in squirrels. There is one kind of seed, however, that squirrels hate. Safflower.

Safflower is a whitish seed most birds like, but squirrels can't stand. As a matter of fact, it's a favorite with Cardinals. I use Safflower exclusively in feeders that squirrels can get to. (I also have two squirrel-proof feeders I usually fill with Black Oil Sunflower.)

A word of caution however. Don't mix it with any other kind of seed. If you do, squirrels will rummage through the safflower, tossing it onto the ground, in search of the tiny bit of some other seed they like.

A VIDEO ABOUT BIRD HABITAT  Most readers of this blog have fairly urban and developed habitats for birds. A few trees, some shrubs, flowers and lawn. In this kind of habitat common birds are Chickadees, native Sparrows, Titmice, Cardinals - and the occasional Robin, Finch, Hummingbird, woodpecker, Starling, and Bluebird.

A "yard" habitat needs more than just feeders. Vegetative cover is essential, as is water (in the form of a birdbath or pond).

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