Birds Like Safflower Seed Squirrels Dislike
Keep the squirrels off your feeders by changing your birdseed. Birds like safflower seed squirrels dislike it. So, if you are looking for a great way to feed the birds and keep the squirrels at bay, look toward the seed.
If you have a backyard feeder there most certainly are birds you want to attract and the critters that you don’t. Backyard birders have a love / hate relationship with squirrels, grackles, blackbirds, crows, and starlings.
By switching out your birdseed to safflower seed you can almost eliminate the critters you do not want at your feeder.
What are Safflowers?
Safflowers are a thistle-like annual with globe flowers that are either yellow, orange or red.
The flower is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil that is extracted from the seeds.
Each branch will have from one to five flower heads containing 15 to 20 white seeds per head.
What Do Safflower Seeds Look Like?
Safflower seeds are a pale yellow, medium size seed with a hard outer seed that the birds crack open to eat the tender heart. Much like a sunflower seed.
The seeds are high in fat, fiber and protein, making them an ideal choice to fill your feeders with.
You can purchase commercial seeds or easily grow your own.
Feeders To Use Seed In
Birds That Enjoy Safflower Seeds
- Black-capped chickadees
- Black-headed grosbeaks
- Blue jays
- Carolina chickadees
- Downy woodpeckers
- Evening grosbeaks
- House finches
- Mourning doves
- Northern cardinals
- Purple finches
- Red-bellied woodpeckers
- Rose-breasted grosbeaks
- Tufted titmice
- White-breasted nuthatches