10 Treats You Can Feed Birds This Winter That They Actually Really Enjoy Eating

Sunflower Seeds:

These seeds have a high fat content, providing birds with the energy they need to stay warm in cold weather.


Suet is a high-energy food made from animal fat. It's especially beneficial for insect-eating birds like woodpeckers and nuthatches.


Peanuts are a good source of protein and healthy fats for birds. Ensure they are unsalted, as salted peanuts can be harmful to them.

Nyjer (Thistle) Seed:

This small, black seed is a favorite of finches, such as goldfinches and siskins.

Dried Mealworms:

An excellent source of protein, dried mealworms attract a variety of insect-eating birds, including bluebirds, robins, and chickadees.

Fruit Slices:

Offer slices of apples, oranges, or berries. These provide vitamins and natural sugars.

Bird Seed Ornaments:

Create your own bird seed ornaments using a mixture of birdseed, gelatin, and water.

Cracked Corn:

Cracked corn is a good source of carbohydrates and is enjoyed by ground-feeding birds like sparrows and juncos.

Butter and Seeds: 

Spread peanut butter on pine cones and roll them in birdseed. Hang these pine cone feeders from branches for a natural treat.

Mealworm and Fruit Mix:

Combine dried mealworms with small pieces of fruit like apple or banana. This mix provides a variety of nutrients and appeals.

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