Tailor the menu at your bird feeders to discourage unwanted visitors. Thistle seed attracts
finches, pine siskins and redpolls, but most sparrows, squirrels and blackbirds do not care for
Safflower seed attracts cardinals and discourages squirrels and sparrows. To discourage pigeons
avoid ground feeding and use seed mixes without cracked corn.
Before filling feeders for the first time this fall, thoroughly clean them using a 10% bleach
to water solution. Do the same for birdbaths and houses.