If you don’t attract the birds you want, switch bird feed

Picture of the momentThe plants in my gardens were planted for one of three specific reasons:

  • They use little water (cactus and native vegetation)
  • They attract butterflies
  • They attract birds, specifically hummingbirds

In order to attract other birds, I supplement the plants with bird feeders. The feed that I had been using was attracting house finches (which I love) and mourning doves (which I can take or leave).

House finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
House finch

Mourning doves (Zenaida macroura)Mourning doves

A few days ago when I went to Walmart to get some more feed, there was a
40-pound bag on sale for just $17.44. I couldn’t resist it even though I had never used that brand before.

The house finches and mourning doves still come around, but I’m now being visited by bluebirds and cedar waxwings.

Western bluebird (Sialia mexicana)
and three
Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Bluebird and three cedar waxwings

That western bluebird, a female, doesn’t look too happy that she’s outnumbered by the three cedar waxwings.

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This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

6 thoughts on “If you don’t attract the birds you want, switch bird feed

  1. Sharon Lord

    WOW I’m shocked that female bluebird is so viberant! How cool that your “new” birds are so colorful and beautiful. We put a quail block in our front yard and got….pigeons. Lots and LOTS of pigeons!

    I bet Zoey is stoked about all the new visitors!


  2. Russel Ray Photos Post author

    Zoey the Cool Cat is a mess. It’s front window, front door, back door, back bedroom door…. Repeat and wish…. Round and round she goes. I think she’s lost about five pounds with the new bird feed. 🙂


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I wish I could tell you, but since I haven’t used it in a long time, I only remember that I got it at Walmart. I think it was a 50-pound of all types of seed mixed together and cost about $18.00



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