Mother Nature's Feeding System
Mother Nature's Feeding System

Information on how to feed and attract the birds you want to your backyard:


Developed in-house, our own "Mother Nature's Feeding System" provides you with the information you need to attract the birds you want to your backy ard.  We have summarized some of the main strategies of our feeding system on our website here to help you be successful in your backyard birdfeeding. 

In the wild, different species of birds forage for food and socialize in their own established "comfort zones". Mother Nature's feeding system is based on creating these "comfort zones" right in your backyard to do this. There are 4 comfort zones that you need to create:

1) Zone 1: sparrows
2) Zone 2: chickadees and nuthatches
3) Zone 3: finches
4) Zone 4: jays

Zone 1 - Sparrows (and Ground Feeding Birds)

There are many wonderful kinds of ground feeding birds including the Song Sparrow, White Crowned Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, and Dark Eyed Junco. Mourning doves are beautiful birds and are also ground feeders.  Unfortunately, some ground feeding birds do have a bad reputation though and that includes House Sparrows and Grackles, both of which are quite aggressive birds that can scare away other birds from your feeders. 


House Sparrows are not native to North America but have been very successful here. In addition to being aggressive, they can discourage other birds from breeding by nesting in woodpecker holes or nestboxes intended for other species.

Zone 3 - Finches

The feeders for your finches can be placed anywhere in your yard, but to maximize viewing opportunities, you will likely want to place them fairly close to your viewing windows. There are several finch species that are dependable feeder visitors across most of their range: American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, House Finch, Common and Hoary Redpoll.goldfinchSmall

Choose a finch tube/silo style feeder with small seed holes and short perches in order to assure that the seed will be available to finches alone. Fill this feeder with Mother Nature's Wild Finch Mix, a popular choice of serious birders.  Alternatively pure nyjer seed or finely chopped sunflower chips are a good choice for this group of select seed eaters.

Zone 2 - Chickadees & Nuthatches

Often the first birds at a new feeder are the chickadees. These birds are trusting in nature and seem comfortable around human activity. Unlike the the House Sparrow whose "comfort Zone" may be near the back fence, the feeders for chickadees, nuthatches and assorted relatives can be very close to your house and viewing windows.chickade_Small

A hopper feeder with a small sized perch is the ideal way to feed these small birds.  The small perch will help ensure that larger birds are less attracted to the feeder. This helps to keep the nuthatches and chickadees comfortable in the "comfort zone" you have created just for them.

Offer Mother Nature's Chickadee / Nuthatch Mix or Mother Nature's Songbird Mix both of which are premium mixes that will appeal to chickadees and nuthatches alike.  Pure black oil sunflower is also a good food choice for this feeder.

Zone 4 - Jays and Woodpeckers

Halfway between the Sparrow "comfort zone" and your viewing windows, install a tray type feeder or large fly through style feeder with a large perching area. It can be hung in a tree or set on a post above the ground.bluejaySmall
Fill your feeder with Mother Nature's precisely formulated Jay Woodpecker mix (a mix of peanuts, corn, large sunflower seeds and other seeds), designed to attract jays, grosbeaks and even some woodpeckers. These larger feeder birds will appreciate the goodies in this mix and having a larger feeder to eat at.

The addition of a water source in the area of the feeder will complete this "comfort zone". Chickadees, nuthatches, finches and assorted relations will all appreciate not having to compete with the jays for water.