Attract Cardinals Without Attracting Squirrels


How do you attract cardinals and avoid squirrels, blackbirds, starlings, and crows? Try Cole’s Safflower seed. Safflower is similar in nutrition and protein content to sunflower seeds, but it has a bitter taste that most squirrels do not like. Cardinals, however, can’t seem to get enough of this special little seed.

Another great reason to try safflower is that “nuisance” birds such as grackles and starlings tend to ignore it since their beaks can’t easily crack the shell. So the smaller, less aggressive songbirds like cardinals, chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches get to enjoy a nice leisurely meal at the feeder without being chased off by those annoying squirrels and blackbirds. Keep in mind though that any time you change what is in your feeder, it may take a while for your favorite back yard birds to get used to your new offering. Some people try a 50/50 mixture of sunflower and safflower seeds to help the birds transition to a feeder full of straight safflower.

Being so specialized in the birds it attracts, safflower tends to last longer in the feeder. As a result you get to see more of your favorite birds while they dine away on a seed meant just for them.  Cole’s Wild Bird Products sells high quality safflower for cardinal lovers as well as those backyard enthusiasts just looking for a break from the squirrels and blackbirds.

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