Updated at: 11-08-2022 - By: Jane Brody

Feeding common backyard birds on your lawn or deck is not illegal; you should just make sure their food source is always available.

If you want to attract ground-feeding birds to your yard, you should provide them with food that fits within their natural diet. Provide seed blends with a variety of seeds, such as sunflower, safflower, and niger seeds, combined with nut meat, cracked corn, and wheat. Some birds prefer dried mealworms to seeds, however there are exceptions to this rule.

Ground Feeding Birds

It’s a great idea to attract birds that eat on the ground without using a bird feeder by scattering food on the ground for them to find.

Wet weather or snow might delay processes for months at a time, so it may not be as simple as tossing bird seeds over the ground, but again, a feeder of the ground bird feeder variety, would aid along well.

Still, if you’d like, you can scatter bird seed on the ground; winter is the best time to do so, as birds prefer seeds over mealworms, which are better in the summer.

The same ground-feeding birds will eat fruit, but in the summer it’s best to stick to dried varieties.

The American Robin and the Bluebird, both of which typically forage on the ground, can nonetheless use bird feeders.

Use a ground bird feeder to keep things neat and orderly while feeding birds, and to extend the life of their food supply.

Sprinkle bird feed on ground

Using bird feed that is suitable for a variety of typical backyard bird species is one way to entice wild birds to feed on the ground.

Realizing now is better than learning the hard way that fruits, whether fresh or dried, should never be used unless they are kept in an airtight container and kept off the ground.

Spread out the bird seed if you want it to last till later.

If your yard doesn’t attract a lot of ground-feeding birds, you probably shouldn’t feed them too much, but you can always adjust this to your needs.

Instead of scattering a variety of bird seed over a large area, keep the area to no more than 6-8 square feet to keep the birds in a contained, secure space.

Bird seeds or peanuts, combined with a variety of other combinations, are the greatest food for birds.

Feed seeds to attract more birds

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Use bird food that is naturally found in their natural habitat to entice as many birds as possible to feed on your grass, patio, or deck.

This emphasizes the importance of providing seed mixes for birds that eat on the ground.

Seed mixtures that are easier to get by and less expensive are where your attention should be directed. These mixes may contain a variety of less desirable seeds in addition to fan favorites like sunflower and safflower.

Wild birds seem to prefer sunflower and peanut seeds over niger seeds, which are also commonly distributed.

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Birds can only survive on the ground if they can scavenge for the seeds they like most, while other species clean up the rest.

The best method to provide for ground-dwelling birds is to offer them a varied diet that includes all of their favorite foods.

Birds like sparrows, blue jays, nutcrackers, redpolls, juncos, starlings, grosbeaks, finches, indigo buntings, doves, pigeons, cardinals, pine warblers, blackbirds, and many more may exclusively forage for seed mixes.

Live or dried mealworms on lawn

You won’t get the best results from a backyard bird feeder if you solely put out seeds, as some bird species prefer to eat insects rather than seeds.

Blue jays, sparrows, Clark’s nutcrackers, common redpolls, dark-eyed juncos, indigo buntings, cardinals, pine warblers, and finches are just few of the birds that enjoy a meal of seeds and mealworms.

For the most part of the year, you can see more American Robins, Orioles, Wrens, Common Grackles, Starlings, Gray Catbirds, Spotted Towhees, and Nuthatches than any other bird because they consume so many insects.

The Golden-fronted and Red-headed woodpeckers are known to eat mealworms and other insects they find on the ground.

In the event that you have sufficient insect-eating birds, a fun backyard spectacle is guaranteed to ensue if you feed ground-feeding birds a mixture of dried mealworms.

While using live mealworms can be effective, using dried mealworms is the easier and less gross choice.

Feeding birds mealworms on the deck or among stones is OK, but you should concentrate on doing it on the grass or in low vegetation to mimic natural foraging behavior.

Situate on ground visible to birds

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It would be a waste of time and effort to merely toss mealworms or seed mixtures over the ground if ground feeding birds or any other type of backyard bird frequent your yard on a regular basis. Dropped food would likely go to waste or invite unwanted pests.

If you want to attract birds, you should first take stock of the circumstances before scattering a large amount of food in a visible location from above.

It only applies if birds are perching on the edge of your property and then descending to the ground to scavenge for food, as birds are unlikely to notice seeds in your yard from that vantage point.

You might notice an increase in the number of birds visiting your yard to feed if they spot birds landing on your fence or shed top.My recommendation is that rather than dumping all of the bird seed in one area, you spread it out throughout the garden in smaller amounts in several spots.

Over time, you’ll learn where the birds like to forage in your yard, allowing you to provide them with food without wasting too much of it.

Feed last longer in ground feeder

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You can easily provide for the ground-dwelling birds in your yard by scattering seeds or mealworms on the grass, but a ground bird feeder offers several advantages over this method.

It’s not a good idea to spread any kind of suet on the ground since it can get messy and cause people to slip and fall.

You can use a ground bird feeder to neatly store a variety of bird food, including suet balls and cakes in addition to the birds’ favorite seeds.

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In wet weather, feed placed on the ground is more likely to decay, and birds tend to avoid foraging during prolonged downpours.

Any remaining snow on a ground-level bird feeder can be easily removed by brushing or shaking it off.

To summarize up

The most efficient technique to feed birds that eat the ground is to sprinkle bird feed over the ground rather than hurl it.

To avoid scaring the birds away, it’s best to scatter the food in a less-busy place, like the grass, rather than placing it too close to the house.

The majority of backyard birds eat from bird feeders, but they also eat off the ground and will eat whatever you put out if they find it tasty.

Seed mixes, which include the nut meats that birds so enjoy, should be prioritized if you want to attract a wide variety of birds to your feeder. Cracked corn and wheat are particularly popular choices.

All these birds are classified as insectivores, therefore it’s necessary to provide them with dried mealworms or, if you’re not easily grossed off, juicy live mealworms.

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If you don’t see any birds in your yard very often, the seed and nuts you put out won’t last long. Only put out what you think will be devoured within a few days.

Offering suet to ground-dwelling birds on a ground feeder can keep this fatty, so slippery bird food off the ground, making for a tidier feeding area.

Serving seed mixes and mealworms to ground-feeding birds is best done on the lawn, although the deck or a stone area can do if it is safe to do so.

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