Out of Bird Food? Look in Your Cereal Box…

Have you ever looked out at your bird feeder, only to discover that it is empty and surrounded by hungry

Have you ever looked out at your bird feeder, only to discover that it is empty and surrounded by hungry birds?

What do you do if you are out of bird food?

Well, did you know that you only have to look in your pantry for a quick and easy treat for your birds?

Cereal!

Crisped rice, bran flakes and toasted oats

Birds not only enjoy cereal, they love it.

In fact, certain types of cereal attract different types of birds.

White Wing Dove

Crush bran flakes with a rolling pin and set outside in your tray feeder or even under shrubs.  You may see doves, juncos, quail and sparrows eagerly eating up this tasty treat.

Cardinal

Crisped rice mixed with some peanut butter or meat drippings attract cardinals, chickadees, jays, woodpeckers and more.

Northern Mockingbird

Little children aren’t the only ones who enjoy toasted oat cereal, so do mockingbirds, blackbirds, chickadees and jays.

Other types of cereal to try are corn flakes or even better, cereal with fruit and/or nuts added – just be sure to crush with a rolling pin before feeding to the birds.

You can also combine cereal with your bird food.  Adding peanut butter, peanut oil or meat drippings to cereal will entice birds even further.

**Do not feed birds sugar-coated cereals or those with marshmallows added.**

So, the next time you have just a little bit of cereal left at the bottom of the box, feed it your birds, or you can store it in a large resealable plastic bag in your freezer to have on hand just in case you run out of bird food.

Have you ever fed cereal to birds?  What type of cereal did you use and what kind of birds did you attract?  Please tell us!

Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. When she is not writing or helping other people with their gardens, you can find her growing fruits and vegetables, and planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.