in almost any form are attractive to birds. Just be sure you set out the unsalted kind.
Chickadees, titmice and nuthatches may be small, but they’re among the biggest peanut fans, employing assorted techniques for claiming their prizes. Songbirds are known to hammer the shell, holding it down with their feet. They carry off shelled nuts to stash or eat elsewhere, and they also eagerly devour chopped ones. All of these little gray birds usually take their treats to go, but you can bet they come back again and again.
Serve these beauties peanuts out of the shell as whole or half nuts, or chopped. The pyrrhuloxia, the “desert cardinal” of the Southwest, loves this food just as much as its bright red relative.
Shelled or chopped peanuts are favored by these perky-tailed birds. If the nuts aren’t chopped, wrens work to break off manageable bits. Any species of wren in the neighborhood may visit a peanut feeder, and once a bird finds it, it’ll soon be a regular.
WRENS. NATIVE SPARROWS, JUNCOS, TOWHEES AND DOVES.
Keep an eye on the ground beneath peanut feeders, where whitethroated, white-crowned, golden-crowned, song and other native sparrows, plus juncos, towhees and doves, often gather to eagerly peck up bits that other birds have dropped.
When you serve peanuts, expect the unexpected! Bluebirds, robins, crossbills and other not-so-common feeder birds might visit peanut feeders. “Catbirds, orioles and tanagers happily consume the broken-off pieces from birds pecking the larger nuts,” Scott says. So will thrashers, robins mockingbirds, bluebirds and birds that usually eat insects, fruit and other soft foods.
When pretty yellow pea-type blossoms popped up in Sally Roth’s yard, she turned to her wildflower field guide, but nothing matched. Turned out to be a peanut planted by jays, the start of a small plantation.