The Norman Transcript


April 12, 2013

It’s time to watch wildlife that shares our bed and board



Feeding tips to attract specific birds: Peanut butter/lard mixes or suet are favorites of the Northern mockingbird, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, bewick’s wren downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, nuthatches, blue jay and yellow-rumped warbler.

Recipe for “Miracle Meal:”

Combine one part peanut butter (smooth or crunchy) and 2.5 parts cornmeal (adding one part raisins is optional to attract mockingbirds).

Fruit — apples and raisins: Northern mockingbird, American robin, brown thrasher, Eastern bluebird. Place on a raised feeder or impale apple halves on tree branches.

Sugar water (one part sugar to four parts water): Ruby-throated hummingbird, Baltimore oriole, orchard oriole, house finch, Carolina chickadee. Place in commercial hummingbird or oriole feeder; thoroughly clean feeder before each filling.

Grape jelly will attract Baltimore orioles, American robins, northern mockingbirds and house finches.

Northern cardinal, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, American gold finch, redbellied woodpecker, mourning dove, white-brested nuthatch, purple finch, house finch, pine siskine and spotted towhee prefer black oil sunflower seed.

Feeders may be placed in hanging feeders or on the ground. Black oil sunflower seeds are overall probably the best-liked food of many birds.

Cracked corn will lure mourning doves, northern bobwhites, blue jays, American crows, common grackles and red-winged blackbirds. White millet is preferred by dark-eyed juncos, field sparrows, white-throated sparrows, Harris’ sparrows, mourning doves, fox sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, spotted towhees and blackbirds.

Watch your backyard birds; it’s tremendous fun.

Betty Culpepper may be reached at bculpepper3@ for comments, questions or ideas for future columns.

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