Date: 1/13/20 6:30 pm From: SARAH FAULKNER via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Fw: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed
I concur with all the comments about buying good quality seed from a local birding store. I'd add that thistle seed does become unappealing to the finches when it is old. In the past I bought big bags which the birds devoured when it was new, but by the end of the winter they'd ignore it. To test the "old seed" theory, I bought new and they chowed down again. They are picky eaters!
Sarah Faulkner, Collinsville > On January 13, 2020 at 7:39 PM Chuck Imbergamo via CTBirds <ctbirds...> wrote: > > > P.S. - the only time I have seen finches avoid thistle/niger is when the seed was not fresh, as in bought at a discount store. Support your local bird shop! > > Chuck Imbergamo > Madison > > > On Jan 13, 2020, at 7:30 PM, Chuck Imbergamo <imbercj...> wrote: > > > > I’ve never had problems with the niger seed I buy at the Audubon Shop in Madison and I’d doubt there’s any reason to seek out Lyric brand niger seed. > > > > Chuck Imbergamo > > Madison > > > >> On Jan 13, 2020, at 6:49 PM, James Sherwonit via CTBirds <ctbirds...> wrote: > >> > >> I follow the VT Birds list serve and below is some interesting information on niger/thistle seed.Jim SherwonitOld Saybrook > >> ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Patricia Folsom <pfols...>To: "<vtbird...>" <vtbird...>Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020, 05:56:09 PM ESTSubject: Re: [VTBIRD] Giant Thanks to Maeve Kim for Information on Niger Seed > >> Thank you Jeannie > >> > >> > >> Sent from my iPad > >> > >>> On Jan 13, 2020, at 11:32 AM, Jeannie Elias <moosewoman...> wrote: > >>> > >>> I want to send a public giant thank you to Maeve Kim for posting some extremely useful information on feeding Niger or Thistle seed. If you missed it, Maeve explained that Niger is heat treated to prevent the seed from growing thistle in yards and gardens, but if treated with too much heat, the seed becomes unappealing to the birds. Maeve suggested that one company, Lyric, sold seed that remained palatable to the birds. (I believe the implication was the overheating also deprived the seed of nutritional value, and that the birds knew that...) I had full Niger seed feeders that flocks of American Goldfinches had been ignoring all season. I switched brands and got some Lyric brand Niger seed and now my Goldfinches are happily chowing down. Thank you Maeve. > >>> Jeannie Elias > >>> Mad Birders > >>> Fayston, VT > >>> > >> _______________________________________________ > >> This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. > >> For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org > > > _______________________________________________ > This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. > For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org