do birds eat flower seeds

Birds–chirping, whistling, and singing—are integral contributors to the daily symphony of garden sounds. Their presence is also a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Attract them by using the right combination of flowering plants and focusing on a succession of blooms and seeds. The end result will be a beautiful landscape and a smorgasbord for birds.

The majority of bird-friendly blooms need sunny space, though a few, like allium and black-eyed Susan, can flourish in light shade. Some species will thrive in the leanest soil, while others prefer a growing medium enriched with organic material like Fafard Premium Natural & Organic Compost.

Zinnias, cosmos, marigolds and other prolific annuals are “cut and come again” flowers, producing fresh flowers over and over again after deadheading or cutting. In fact, the biggest dilemma for bird and bloom-loving gardeners may be whether to enjoy cut flowers or let them set seeds for hungry birds. When in doubt, plant enough for both uses and refrain from deadheading at the end of the gardening season.

The ten flowering plants below are among the best at providing beauty, ease of culture, and food for avian visitors.

Will the seeds I sow outside become a feast for the wildlife before they have a chance to grow?

A few seeds may be eaten by birds and other animals, but most seeds are tiny and not readily apparent to them. Even if birds do manage to eat a few seeds, Prairie Moon seed mixes will still grow well because of their high seeding rates, which help offset some loss.

Sowing on bare ground in the winter or late fall: Ideally, you should plant your native seed in the late fall so that it will soon be covered in snow. The seeds are buried by the frequent freeze-thaw cycles, which shield them from birds even in the absence of snow.

Sowing on snow: When you plant seeds on soft, fluffy snow, the darker seeds seep into the snow first, then the lighter seeds. Once under the snow, the seeds are safe from birds.

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Spring Flowers for Birds

do birds eat flower seeds

Golden Groundsel (Packera aurea, Zones 3-9): The native golden-yellow flowers of golden groundsel are repellant to troublesome garden critters like deer and rabbits, but magnetic for pollinators and birds. Their golden-yellow clusters of daisies attract lots of pollinators (some of which birds eat) and brighten partially sunny to shaded beds and look great in woodland gardens. Flowering may start in mid-spring and continue to late spring. Leave the fluffy white seed heads for the birds to enjoy! Plants may spread, so give them space to move.

do birds eat flower seeds

Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus): An old-fashioned annual that blooms from May to July, cornflowers are also referred to as “bachelor buttons.” Although bright blue is the most common color of cornflowers, some varieties may also have blue-purple, dark purple, white, or pink flowers. These flowering plants are good for gardeners with poor soil because birds prefer slender environments. Cornflowers respond to pruning by producing more blooms, just like other annuals. Make sure to allow the flowers to go to seed as soon as possible, as seen from the viewpoint of a bird. The seed that the birds drop or leave behind will sprout again the next year.


Will birds eat my wildflower seeds?

Birds and other critters may consume a few seeds, but most seeds are quite small and not very noticeable to birds or other seed eaters.

What seeds don’t birds eat?

Cheap Seeds But, the cheap filler seeds in economy mixes, such as wheat, cracked corn, milo, and oats, are not birds’ favorite foods.

Will birds eat the seeds I plant?

Seedlings are a common snack for birds. This means that hungry birds will eat your seeds before they can plant, flower, and harvest. Tip: Try planting seeds one half-inches into the ground so birds can’t get to them. Then protect the seedlings with seed tunnels.