We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
720 N. State ST.,
In NorthRidge Crossing with Giant Eagle
Westerville, OH 43082
Phone: (614) 899-9453
Fax: (614) 823-7005
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Mon - Fri: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun - Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
It’s really hard to think of wild birds as being loyal friends.
After all, they are truly one of the freest creatures on the planet, able to fly anywhere at anytime with nothing to bind them to any single location.
But birds, like humans, are creatures of habit and bird banding studies have shown that many of our winter birds, such as Juncos and native sparrows, utilize the same wintering location year after year.
With a potential lifespan of over 10 years, it is likely that the Junco gleaning millet off of the ground below one of your feeders has spent many previous winters as your loyal backyard guest. And recent research shows that is only half the story!
These birds are not only loyal to a specific location, but also to a single feeder! The study showed that the only time they abandoned their favorite feeder was during periods of cold weather when the feeder was placed in a location too exposed to the wind.
So help your birds stay loyal and warm by locating your feeders in a sheltered location out of the wind. The east or southeast side of a house or near a row of trees or evergreens is ideal.
Once you have them in a safe and sheltered location, be sure to keep your feeders filled with the high-energy, high-fat foods that provide your birds with the crucial nutrition they need to survive the coldest month of the year.
Stop by our store for more expert advice and quality products that will help your birds to stay true blue and warm, too this winter.
Looking for the Out-of-Towners
You may have spotted a few feathered out-of-towners that are sticking around for winter.
Winter is a great time to look for uncommon bird species. Juncos and other sparrows and finches may be making a repeat appearance in your yard this winter as many of them come back to the same exact location each year.
Keep your feeders full and look for birds associated with “irruptions.” When natural winter food supplies are scarce in northern
The most common irruptive birds are Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, Common Redpolls and Evening and Pine Grosbeaks.
By offering the right food (in the right place), you can better your chances of attracting some of these birds.
Lovers of millet, Juncos can be attracted to your yard by offering WBU Deluxe Blend in a ground feeder or hopper feeder. They’re
Pine Siskins, Purple Finches & Common Redpolls
These “winter finches” are attracted to Finch Feeders filled with Nyjer® (thistle). You can also attract them to your Seed Tube Feeders by offering Supreme Blend.
If they’re visiting your yard, be ready - they are hungry birds. For best results, offer Supreme Blend in a Hopper Feeder. Before
As you can see, our feathered guests’ tastes and preferences vary, so it’s important to be prepared. Because before
Visit us this month, and we’ll make sure you have everything you need to keep your resident birds happy and to attract these winter migrants.