Food for birds
We provide a variety of food for birds in as natural a state as possible and in all forms:
Seeds for birds
People always think of seeds first when they think of feeding birds. But a lot of birds don't even eat seeds.
People also think of buying seeds in a bag. We do that, too, but there are other natural sources of seed, too.
An advantage of not relying solely on bird feeders is that food for birds is distributed more naturally throughout the yard. This cuts down on disease transmission from bird to bird, moldy seed under feeders, and the gathering of birds in one spot as a cat café.
Grasses are an obvious source of seeds, but I leave other plants besides grasses standing, too.
One of their favorites is anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum). I've seen goldfinches and juncos enjoying these seeds, and I'm sure there are other birds eating them, too.
Sparrows, such as the white-throated sparrow, find seeds on the ground that fall from plants such as these.
I put peanuts out for the blue jay in the winter.
I don't do this in the summer, though, because other birds raising babies are upset when blue jays are around. It doesn't take long for them to start coming around for peanuts again in the winter.