Wild Bird & Wildlife

Watching birds in the bird bath is great fun and the birds enjoy it, too. Check out our bird bath tips below. We carry a variety of bird baths for your feathered friends.

We carry an extensive line of assorted bird feeders - the traditional type that is mounted on a post, ones that are hung independently, ones attached to windows and more. We carry the four squirrel proof bird feeders from Droll Yankee. They are the Flipper, Dipper, Tipper, and Whipper. Stop by soon to buy one for your feathered friends in your own backyard. Happy Birding!

Scroll down for tips on attracting your favorite birds, butterflies, or squirrels to your backyard!

We sell and recommend Purina Mills Wild Bird Chow Products, DR Mayo Wild Bird Seed Mix, Cole's seed mixes, Dried Meal Worms, and Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. We have a variety of bird feeders from the most economical to brands that offer life-time warranties.

Please take a moment to check out the valuable information that follows:
wild bird products


Who Feeds the Wild Birds?

Those who feed wild birds come from all walks of life – mechanics, doctors, homemakers, students, manager, teachers, and on, and on. They range in age from preteens to great-grandparents. Their income ranges from the retired who live on a fixed income to the wealthy. They come from all parts of the world and cultures therein. You can’t identify them in public – their clothes, way of speaking, what they eat, where they live are a varied as everyone else.

So who feeds wild birds?

They are the people who share a love of nature and all the birds therein. They are confident people who gain satisfaction from quietly caring for something without the need for public recognition. They are compassionate people who care for wild birds that are vulnerable to the elements, predators, and disease. They are inquisitive people who continually want to learn more about their hobby and passion. We can say with pride, they are our friends.

-Doyle and Rebecca Banks


Is there a difference in bird seed blends ?

As you may know, the types of birdseed you choose to feed will affect the types of birds you attract. Because there is a difference in birdseed blends and they know it!

Many of the commercial wild birdseed mixes on the market are composed of cheap filler seeds that most birds do not like and with only a few seeds in the mix they do like. Therefore, your birds will pick through the mix to get the “good stuff” and leave the rest. These seed blends waste money, because the birds will not eat part of the feed and creates work for you as you have to clean up the spoiled seed.

When choosing the best products to use and offer our customers, we want the best seed at the best prices. We stock two great lines of wild birdseed. Mayo Wild Bird Mix and Purina Mills Wild Bird Chow. These brands don’t contain fillers that your birds won’t eat; thereby, wasting your money and time cleaning up the “leftovers.” Also, you know that our seed hasn’t been sitting around, buried in the pet department of some “big box store”. We receive weekly shipments of fresh feed products.

Mayo Wild Bird Mix contains peanut hearts and is a great choice for Mourning Doves, Song Sparrows, Cardinals, Pine Siskins, Tufted Titmouse, and more.

Using the highest quality ingredients and latest techniques Purina Mills selects, cleans, and processes each bag of Purina Wild Bird Chow to be the best seed mix you can purchase. Each mix is formulated to appeal to a specific species or group of wild birds. By selecting the Wild Bird Chow blend that is the favorite of the birds you want to enjoy, you can entice them into your yard. If you want some help choosing the blend specially created for the types of birds you wish to attract, please do not hesitate to ask us for assistance.

At Johnson’s Milling and Feed, Inc. we have dedicated ourselves to offering you, our valued customer, fresh, top quality products – the best value for your hard earned dollar. We use the products we recommend and strive to offer you service second to none!

Thank you for allowing us to serve you!


Tips to Save Dollars as Bird Seed Becomes More Expensive

Despite our best efforts to postpone it and lessen the impact, the effects of the cost increases in the global grain markets has affected us here at Johnson’s Milling & Feed, Inc. Yet, we refuse to sacrifice quality or use the well-known tricks of other supplies. Others may lower the amount of the quality sunflower seed or add more millet, wheat, or other less favorite seeds in order to keep their prices artificially low. You can be assured, that the products we

offer are the same quality products we have always stocked.

With the advice and help of our knowledgeable staff, we can give you tested tips on Selective Bird Feeding. A few tips follow:

Q) Do you need a feeder that gives Woodpeckers a special place to feed?

A) Try one of our Song Bird Cedar Woodpecker feeders. The smaller version is a Downey Woodpecker Favorite, while the larger Ultimate Woodpecker Feeder is often preferred by the Red Bellied, Red Headed Woodpecker, etc. They may like the way the Ultimate Woodpecker Feeder’s large side gives them a place to rest their big body, supporting their tail feathers. Fill it with Purina Wild Bird Chow Woodpecker’s Wish. You’ll soon be hearing the “Rhythm Section” in your


Q) Want a way to make your favorite feeder squirrel proof and stop them from eating your sunflowers?

A) Check out the Twirl-A-Squirrel™ from Bird Quest. It makes any feeder squirrel proof. It’s the only thing that protects feeders from squirrels, stop by today and check it out! (Also, read the “tips” section about squirrels)

Q) Want a great way to feed just he small songbirds like Chickadees, Goldfinches, Downey Woodpeckers, Titmice, and more?

A) Try our “Clingers Only” Feeders. So many people love this feed saving feeder!


We stock and recommend wildbird feeders and products from Droll Yankees, Songbird Cedar, BarnStorm, Best-1, Bird Company, Bird Quest, Avant Garden, Heritage Farms, and more! Stop by today and let our knowledgeable staff assist you in choosing the feeder that will best suit your needs. From economy feeders to top of the line....we stock them all!


Tips On Using Water to Attract More Birds To Your Backyard!


There is no better way to get birds flocking to your yard than a good source of fresh water. A bird’s need for water through every season of the year is so strong that even species you never expected will be attracted to a strategically placed water source.

Having a birdbath is an advantage to anyone who enjoys observing nature in general and bird behavior in particular.

The most natural spot for a bath is close to the ground, but water at higher levels not only appeals to some species, it reduce the bird’s exposure to cat attacks. Soaking-wet birds are no match for feline agility. Putting a birdbath near trees improves security against raptors. Plus, branches are an easily reached perch from which to preen in safety.

Locate your bath in a shady part of your yard. This will keep the water at a cooler, more refreshing temperature in hot weather.

To get birds accustomed to the bath try placing a feeder within five feet of the bath. Birds will notice the water as they go to the feeder.

Birdbath water should be changed every few days to insure a fresh, clear supply. Place our birdbath fillers in a bath to ensure birds have a safe footing. Do these things, and birds will flock to your “community pool”.


American Goldfinch


The American Goldfinch changes from winter plumage to breeding plumage by a complete molt of its body feathers. It is the only member of its family to have this second molt in the spring; all the other species have just one molt in year in the fall.

Goldfinches may be attracted to your yard by providing food, water, and shelter. By feeding Thistle or Nyjer Seed, sunflower seed, and canary seed in specially designed feeders you can attract them to your yard. Hang your thistle feeders at least 4 to 5 feet high and 15 feet away from other feeders. Goldfinches natural diets consist of

thistle, dandelions, sunflowers, coreopsis, cosmos, birch, hornbeam, sweet gum, mulberry, hemlock, zinnias, elm, and alder.


Attracting Butterflies to your backyard wildlife habitat

1) Provide flowers to feed adults

Dense “cluster” of small flowers such as zinnias, marigolds, tithonia, buddleia, milkweeds, verbenas, and many mint family plants generally work well.

2) Plant good nectar sources in the sun

Butterfly adults generally feed only in the sun. If sun is limited in your landscape, try adding butterfly nectar sources from the vegetable garden

3) Say NO to insecticides!!!

Products like malathion, Sevin, etc. are marketed to kill insects; don’t use them near your butterfly garden. They will kill your caterpillars.

4) Feed butterfly caterpillars

If you don’t grow caterpillars, there are no adults. Bringing caterpillar foods into your garden can greatly increase your chances of attracting unusual, uncommon butterflies while giving you yet another reason to plant an increasing variety of native plants. In many cases, caterpillars, butterfly “babies”, of a species feed on only a very limited variety of plants. And most butterfly caterpillars never cause the foliar damage we associate with some moth caterpillars such as

bagworms, tent caterpillars, or gypsy moths.

Six Great Nectar Sources for Mid-AtlanticButterflyGardens

1. Butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii

2. Cosmos

3. Red clover, Trifolium pretense

4. Zinnia

5. Golden Rod

6. Aster

Six Great Foods for Butterfly Caterpillars in Your Yard

1. Dill, parsley, fennel, carrot, lovage; black swallowtail

2. Milkweed; monarchs

3. White clover; Eastern Tailed Blue

4. Daisy

5. Sunflowers

6. Dogwood


Feeding Squirrels

Do you love squirrels or hate them? Whatever the answer, most backyard bird feeding enthusiasts recognize that simply feeding squirrels in an area of their yard AWAY from their feeders is the best way to manage their negative effect on a successful bird feeding station. Here are a few tips to keep them away from your birdfeeders and home:

Keep your squirrel supplied with “hard” foods like hard shelled nuts, peanuts, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds. These can be feed from feeders or “off the ground”

Corn on the cob is another favorite of squirrels and those who like to watch them. There are several “cob” feeders available in many different styles.

Do not shell or crack these feeds for your squirrels. They need to do that work themselves to keep their teeth ground down.

Location, location, location - - - place feeders AWAY from birdfeeders, your home, and buildings.

Trim limbs and trees to 6 to 8 ft away from you house to prevent squirrels from jumping onto your roof. Keep bushes and trees from overhanging the eaves at least 4 ft. from the roof line. Squirrels will always climb a tree first to access your house before they will climb the downspouts or electrical wires.

Use squirrel proof birdfeeders and/or baffles to deter squirrels from eating your birdseed.

Since squirrels don’t like safflower seed, feeding it helps to discourage squirrels at your birdfeeder.

These are a few suggestions to help you in your quest. Although squirrels can be aggravating, watching them can be an entertaining event!