Homemade Bird Seed Mix


Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.” – Victor Hugo

When our beloved rescue lovebird Pepito sadly passed away last year, Keith and I started the Pepito Memorial Bird Garden in his honor. We wanted to help support the wild birds in our backyard, since North American songbird populations are being decimated by the use of pesticides and herbicides, mercury poisoning, climate change, feral cat populations, wind turbines, and radio-frequency radiation exposure.

So, for our neighborhood pigeons, doves, finches, robins, bluejays, mockingbirds, starlings, wrens, cooper’s hawks and hummingbirds we put a bird bath, bird waterer, bird seed feeder, hummingbird feeder, and some bird houses in our backyard, and now we have dozens of daily avian visitors. Our backyard is a veritable orchestra of birdsong and activity.

We couldn’t find any affordable bird seed mix that was organically grown and not sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, and we certainly didn’t want to provide food for our fine feathered friends that was unhealthy and environmentally damaging… so we decided to make our own! We are lucky to live near the unparalleled whole foods co-op Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco, where we are able to purchase organically grown sunflower seeds and millet at great prices in bulk for our little buddies. Here’s the recipe for our homemade bird seed mix.

3 thoughts on “Homemade Bird Seed Mix

  1. Muchas gracias por tu comentario dulce: “Estoy triste por su ausencia”.

    Estamos muy tristes también, pero siempre vamos a llevar muy buenos recuerdos de Pepito poco en nuestros corazones.

    De hecho, encontré Pepito en nuestra alféizar hace diez años. Había salido de su jaula o ha sido “liberado” por alguien y él estaba en muy apesadumbrado, sin plumas de la cola y plumas que cubrían sus pequeños agujeros para los oídos, y apenas capaz de volar. Puse mi mano para que se pose en la esperanza de llevarlo a un lugar seguro en el interior, pero saltó a la derecha en mi cabeza! Nunca encontró a sus pueblos originarios, por lo que lo mantuvo por nosotros mismos. 🙂

    Rápidamente aprendió su nuevo nombre y cuando lo deje salir de su jaula para volar y visitar con nosotros todas las noches, iba a volar por la habitación y gritar “Pepitoooooo!” Este pequeño cutie.

    And now in English…

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment, “I am saddened by his absence.”

    We are very sad too, but we will always carry many fond memories of little Pepito in our hearts.

    I actually found Pepito on our windowsill ten years ago. He’d gotten out of his cage or been “released” by someone and he was in very sorry shape, with no tail feathers or feathers covering his little ear holes, and barely able to fly. I put out my hand for him to perch on in the hopes of bringing him inside to safety, but he jumped right onto my head! We never found his original people, so we kept him for ourselves. 🙂

    He quickly learned his new name and when we let him out of his cage to fly around and visit with us every night, he would fly across the room and yell “Pepitoooooo!” Such a little cutie.

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