male and female northern cardinals and sparrow at winter bird feeder in southern maryland with a snowy background
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What Leftover Pumpkin Seeds Can Do For Your Bird Feeder
Birds enjoy pumpkin seeds, but not in the same way that we do. To make the most of them, you’ll need to know about the birds in your area and how to prepare the seeds properly.
Keep in mind that only a few backyard bird types can safely ingest pumpkin seeds, including blue jays, Northern doves, purple finches, and rose-breasted grosbeaks.
Once you've deduced what birds live in your area, double-check that the lats of your bird feeder are big enough to allow the seeds to pass through easily.
When it comes to feeding birds, going natural is best. Simply scoop the seeds directly from the pumpkin and toss them in your bird feeder or onto your feeding tray.
Avoid throwing leftover roasted pumpkin seeds in your bird feeder, as they often contain salt, pepper, cumin, and other seasonings that can wreak havoc on your yard.