I recently received a bird feeder for my backyard. I have no clue what I'm doing. I do know that I have made a mess in my yard. I asked what's the secret to feeding WA birds?

So far, the cats and I have been having a great time watching all the action. Although, I've not seen hardly any of the most common backyard birds in the evergreen state.

Washington's Most Watched Birds

What I wouldn't give to see an American Robin. We have seen many American Goldfinches. This is awesome as it's our state bird.

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Does it matter at all what I feed these backyard beauties? Some of them aren't so beautiful. Take the American Crow. The crows in my yard are very loud. I've NEVER seen a European Starling yet. I do know that I've seen plenty of Dark-eyed Juncos.

How important is the type of food? I've switched from wild bird food to seeds.

PB

My hope in switching to the seeds is that there won't be such a mess in the yard. Someone told me that I may see sunflowers next year. I hope so. According to the packaging, we may see some robins. As of the weekend, we've seen Goldfinches and Black-capped Chickadees.

We are very happy looking out the windows.

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It's my hope to one day see a Blue Jay. According to Google:

Blue Jays are rare fall and winter visitors in Washington. A few birds have reached the western Washington lowlands, and even the outer coast, but they are most often seen in eastern Washington. Sightings are now annual in the Walla Walla and Spokane areas.

PB

I'll let you know how it goes with the seeds.

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