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Quick Guide to Bird Seed & Suet

As most armchair birdwatchers know, autumn is the beginning of bird feeding season. No matter what type of seed you choose, freshness & quality is a necessity. Pasquesi doesn’t offer seed blends that contain a small, round seed called milo. It is used as a filler ingredient because it’s cheaper. Most birds won’t eat it and this addition results in a mess under the feeder. Here’s a seed & suet guide that will help to attract your favorite backyard birds.

Sunflower: Choose from two different types of sunflower seeds: striped and black oil seeds (oilers). Almost every bird, especially cardinals, loves the black oiler seeds. The thin shells are easy to open and the meat is high in fat… perfect combination for winter birds. The striped sunflower seeds have thicker shells which make them harder to crack open for many birds such as House sparrows and blackbirds.

Safflower: This small white seed has a thick shell and a bitter taste. Cardinals love it. Grosbeaks, chickadees and native sparrows will also eat it. Some Mourning doves will eat the entire safflower seed. Squirrels don’t like any of it… which is a plus!

Nyjer or thistle: Nyjer is loved by small birds such as American Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings and Pine Siskins. This tiny, black, needle-like seed is rich in oil and energy.

White proso millet: White millet is a favorite seed of many ground-feeding birds: American sparrows, doves, juncos, and cardinals. However, if you don’t want to consistently feed a flock of House sparrows and blackbirds, substitute black oil sunflower seeds for the millet.

Cracked corn: Many birds such as cardinals, grosbeaks, crows, and jays, love cracked corn. But, so do squirrels, raccoons, ducks, House sparrows, and other birds and animals that we don’t need to feed. Corn can spoil and become toxic with too much moisture or in very humid weather. It’s best to serve corn in small amounts on a tray feeder. Do not use tube feeders because they hold on to moisture longer.

Peanuts: Blue jays, woodpeckers, crows and chickadees love peanuts. Be aware that peanuts might also attract pesky squirrels and raccoons that can cause damage to homes. It’s best to offer peanuts in smaller amounts that can be used up fairly quickly. Peanuts also need to be kept dry or can become toxic to birds because of too much moisture.


If you have your bird feeder on a deck or near a sidewalk or driveway, PASQUESI FOUR SEASONS No-Waste Wild Bird Seed is the perfect seed blend. This hull-less blend entices songbirds but reduces wasted seed under the feeder. It’s a premium mix of sunflower meats, white and red millet, peanut pieces and cracked corn.


C & S Suet cakes offer birds a super, high-energy food. Suet cakes are high in fat, protein, and calories and are enjoyed by a variety of birds… especially nuthatches, chickadees, and woodpeckers. In fall and winter when seed and insects are scarce, suet cakes can be even more enticing with their additional ingredients such as peanuts, peanut butter, seeds, fruits and other high energy items.

Mr. Bird Suet: Mr. Bird’s suet cylinders are special because the seed blends attract a greater variety of birds. And, with the cylinder, there is no waste or mess under the feeder as birds eat the seeds one at a time. The compressed cylinders last many times longer than loose seed. No waste, no mess, and they never melt.

Mr. Bird Suet in cylinders & blocks:

Wild Bird Feast: Pecans, black oil sunflower, sunflower hearts and a dash of white millet. It attracts backyard birds such as Cardinals, chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches, finches, and titmice.

Bugs, Nuts & Fruit: Pecans, mealworms, cranberries make it a delectable feast for cardinals, titmice, bluebirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.

Flaming Hot Feast: This is an extra spicy-hot blend of sunflower hearts, peanuts, golden safflower & mealworms. More birds… keeps squirrels away! Be careful when touching this product because it contains hot pepper, a strong eye, nose, and skin irritant. After handling, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water. Keep out of reach of children.

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