What Can Birds Eat From the Kitchen?
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Wondering what birds can eat? Attract birds with occasional treats that you have stocked in the kitchen. Offer peanut butter, raisins and more.
What can birds eat? Birds visit backyard bird feeders for seed, peanuts, suet, mealworms and more, but you can also feed birds occasional treats from your kitchen. Just look in your pantry or refrigerator for these kitchen foods that birds will love.
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Birds that eat bananas: northern cardinal, gray catbird, Canada jay, scarlet tanager.
Serving suggestion: Remove the peel and cut in half lengthwise.
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Birds that eat eggshells: Any bird eating your seed, as well as purple martin and barn and tree swallow.
Serving suggestion: Bake clean shells at 250 degrees for 15 minutes. Crush and set out in a dish, or mix in birdseed. They’re a fine source of calcium for egg laying.
Follow these tips for a successful nesting season.
Melon, Pumpkin and Squash Seeds
Serving suggestion: Roast seeds in oven first. Do not apply salt or seasonings.
Serving suggestion: Drop a dollop in a dried-out orange half left from oriole season, or spread over a pinecone.
Birds that eat raisins: Eastern bluebird, northern cardinal, gray catbird, northern mockingbird, orioles, American robin, scarlet tanager, brown thrasher, wood thrush, cedar waxwing, and red-bellied and red-headed woodpecker.
Serving suggestion: Soak raisins in warm water first so they’re soft and easier for birds to bite.
P.S. Raisins are also a great addition to suet. Check out our guide to making suet for birds.