My last Wordless Wednesday post featured a picture of a Black-capped Chickadee at a window feeder eating safflower. Here's some information on this useful seed, which we call our "problem-solving" seed.
- Safflower seed is eaten by many birds. At my feeders, the birds that frequent feeders filled with straight safflower seed include chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, Purple Finches, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Evening Grosbeaks. Other birds that eat safflower include cardinals, house finches and more.
- When crows, grackles, or blackbirds are a problem dominating feeders, switch that feeder to straight safflower seed. In most cases, they will disappear from that feeder immediately.
- Safflower is not preferred by squirrels. Though they may try it, and eat small quantities of it, they will not devour it as they do other seed. Unfortunately, chipmunks seem to like it just fine.
- Safflower looks and tastes different from other birdseed. To help birds acclimate, start by mixing it with other seed you currently provide and over time increase the safflower until it is straight safflower.
- If squirrels are able to reach your window feeders, fill them with safflower seed.
- Safflower is also available in a cylinder form. The seeds are compressed with gelatin into a cylinder which can be easily hung in the netting provided or on a cool WBU seed cylinder feeder.
- Safflower has a tight shell on it so there will be hulls under your feeders.
- Safflower is a high calorie, high fat food source which is especially beneficial during the winter. It provides 517 calories per 100 grams, consisting of 322 fat calories (62%), 139 carb calories (27%), and 56 protein calories (11%).