Originally Posted by Khan
I put out corncobs and peanuts and sunflower seeds and safflower seeds and suet cakes and flowers (for hummingbirds and butterflies) and water; I get many birds (and squirrels and raccoons and 'possums and chipmunks). The birds include crows and three species of hawk.
If your feeding station is close to the house, be careful. Squirrels are considered vermin by insurance companies (don't know about raccoons, possums or chipmunks). Squirrels have a habit of chewing on stuff, including electrical wire...even in the attic. Insurance companies exclude damages caused by vermin...like electrical fires. So, you may want to set up a squirrel feeding station (corncobs) away from the house.
For something different, you might want to put out mealy worms (sp?). It attracts insectivorous birds who don't normally visit a bird feeder. For best results, put the worms out at the same time everyday. Eventually, the birds will be there waiting for the handout.