Westerville, Ohio

Dan & Pam Hall

Dan & Pam Hall

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Westerville, Ohio

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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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun - Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

Save During our Bird Seed Sale * 

2/1/16 thru 2/15/16



 

 

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                    Save Now on All Bagged Seed!

 

*Valid on in-store purchases only.Offer not valid on previous purchases or sale items.

 

Valid 2/1/16 thru 2/15/16

 

 Join Us for a Kildeer Winter Outing!

 We'll search for Raptors, Owls, and more at Kildeer Plains Wildlife Area!

Saturday, Feb 20th.

In midwinter, Killdeer Plains hosts raptors that are hard to find in Ohio during other seasons. Northern Harriers are common and Rough-legged Hawks, Bald Eagles, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings are possible. As the light dims before the 6:15 sunset, Short-eared Owls may be on the wing. Much of our exploration will be by car, but we will check out woodland patches on foot. Dress warmly and wear boots suitable for fields and snow. Bring snacks and water. There are limited restroom facilities at Killdeer. We’ll meet at the Westerville WBU at 12 noon for carpooling (amongst attendees) the 1.5 hour drive (or for caravanning for those who can’t bird until after sunset). 

Please RSVP at 614.899.9453, but if you are not sure, no problem, meet us at the  store on 2/20 at 12:00.

 

 

 

Attract All the Birds with the Flying Start Combo

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is fun, simple, and beneficial to birds and science. It’s a study that helps better define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and habitat needs.

The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. It's sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited and takes place February 12 – 15. Participants count birds in their backyards, local parks or other locations. Those tallies are then reported online through the GBBC site. This links you with scientists, providing feedback through graphics, animated maps and other regularly-updated information. It's a fun activity to share with your kids and family - and a great way to introduce someone to the hobby of backyard bird feeding!

Our Flying Start® Combo is the perfect way to attract birds to your yard for the GBBC. This is a great feeder and food combo that will help you discover which birds are in your backyard. With different foods for different birds, you'll see what birds are attracted to each food and which food is eaten faster or slower.

 

Feelin' Blue

 

Everyone loves bluebirds! And though you typically hear about attracting them with a properly-placed nest box, we're excited to hear that more and more of these darlings are showing up at backyard feeding stations.

Attract bluebirds to your yard by offering foods they can't resist such as our Bug, Nuts & Berry Seed Cylinder. Other bluebird favorites are live mealworms, sunflower chips and Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® Bits.

 

 

                         Nature Happenings

• Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb 12-15, www.birdsource.org/gbbc

• Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw 

• February is National Bird Feeding Month

• Look for Eastern Bluebirds.

• Bluebird and other nesting boxes need to be cleaned out this month.

• Eastern Meadowlarks return from their winter habitats in late February.

• Red-winged Blackbirds, Killdeer and Great Blue Herons return.

• Kildeer are members of the plover family and are known for their "distraction display," pretending to have a broken wing to divert predators from its ground nest.

• Watch for Sandhill Cranes migrating north in late February.

• Grackles return north.

• Bald Eagles begin their nesting behaviors.

• Chipmunks reappear at feeders as temperatures rise.

 

 

 

Help Birds Survive Winter Weather

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.

 

 

JuncoLooking 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
Canada, numerous bird species “irrupt,” migrating south in search of food.

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.

Juncos

Lovers of millet, Juncos can be attracted to your yard by offering WBU Deluxe Blend in a ground feeder or hopper feeder. They’re
persistent foragers and have been known to burrow through snow in search of seeds.

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.

Grosbeaks

If they’re visiting your yard, be ready - they are hungry birds. For best results, offer Supreme Blend in a Hopper Feeder. Before
the 1850s, Evening Grosbeaks were not commonly found east of the Rocky Mountains. Now, winter irruptions can occur across the country.

As you can see, our feathered guests’ tastes and preferences vary, so it’s important to be prepared. Because before
you know it, these out-of-towners will be just that - headed out of town.

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.