It’s time for a giveaway, and since it’s National Bird Feeding Month and peanuts are great for so many winter birds, why not give away peanuts?
About the Peanuts
Our giveaway prize this month is provided by Wakefield Peanut Company (a division of Monroe Systems for Business) – the same company that has so generously offered an exclusive discount code for Be Your Own Birder readers to save on their own peanut supplies (offer valid through February 29, 2020).
The prize is one that birds and birders alike will love – 10 pounds of raw, shelled redskin peanut hearts. These are bulk premium grade peanuts, without any shells, twigs, or other debris that might fill up space and weight in the bag. The nuts can be fed as-is to birds and other wildlife. Try adding some peanut hearts to birdseed mix in a hopper feeder (if the feeding ports are wide enough for nuts), or use a small dish or tray to offer a handful of peanuts to birds. You can also just toss the nuts on the ground for all your backyard wildlife to share – the squirrels, opossums, raccoons, and other guests will also enjoy this treat. Specialized peanut feeders are also available, but take care that if you use a peanut feeder it ought to be sized for shelled nuts or peanut hearts. Openings intended for whole, in-the-shell nuts may be too big and peanut hearts will fall out very easily.
Wakefield Peanut Company specializes in Virginia peanuts, grown primarily in Virginia and the Carolinas. These are raw nuts and are not intended for human consumption before cooking, but they are suitable to cook in a variety of your favorite recipes – granola, peanut brittle, cookies, and other treats. Just keep those treats to yourself – the sugars, vanilla, and other flavorings that make human treats so tempting aren’t good for birds! Instead, birds will love the treat of nuts straight from the bag.
Enter the Giveaway!
Are you ready to win 10 pounds of peanut hearts? Just answer the following question in the comments below…
What birds enjoy peanuts in your yard?
Be sure to include a valid email address with your comment so you can be contacted if you win! Please note that in order to expedite shipping, the winner’s address will be provided to Wakefield Peanut Company (this prize will not ship directly from Be Your Own Birder). The contest is only open to readers in the continental United States; check the Giveaway Guidelines for further details. By entering, participants agree to those guidelines. Entries will close on February 26, 2020, and a winner will be randomly chosen no later than February 28, 2020. Good luck, and happy birding!
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I put peanuts out just about every day. So far I’ve had Red Bellied Woodpeckers, TuftEd Titmouse and White Breasted Nuthatch.
In our yard, we have a family of Blue Jays who wait patiently for my husband to put peanuts in their feeders. I think they would land on his head if he put a peanut on it! They do have competition however from at least a dozen magpies and the occasional crow, not to mention the non avians aka squirrels. In the summer, we do get a white breasted nut hatch or two as well as grackles who consume the peanuts. We do use a lot of peanuts in our little refuge.
I really only put out peanuts in the shell for bluejays. But I’d like to offer some hearts.
I offer peanut parts and they are greatly appreciated by the Blue Jays, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatches, Northern Cardinals and Black-capped Chickadees. I also have a number of American Robins who have developed a preference for them. Occasionally, an American Crow will get brave enough to venture onto the deck when I place some peanuts there. Unfortunately, the European Starlings also like them.
I started offering peanut parts in a peanut feeder last year. Steller’s Jays, Red-breasted Nuthatches & Downy Woodpeckers empty the feeder quickly. Juncos & Mourning Doves pick up any stray pieces.
I am hoping to attract blue jays and titmice with peanuts.
What fun it is to feed the birds! These peanuts would go to my dad’s band tailed pigeons, chestnut backed chickadees, ravens, Stellar’s jays, juncos, and the squirrels. Dad has taken up arm chair birdwatching in his elder years and even has a guidebook to help him figure who is who. Delightful!
I have to refill my peanut feeders everyday. I get Blue Jays, Scrub Jays, Chickadees, Collard Doves, Downy Woodpeckers, and occasionally Robins and House Finches will come and take samples.
Mostly blue jays!
Oh the bluejays and chickadees would got nuts over these in my yard. I made a punny.
I’m from Baltimore and yes, we do get Orioles in our backyard eating the nuts