About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Backyard Bird Update

I saw a large bird on my feeder that looked like it was wearing a tweed jacket. Do you know what it is?

Ahh, yes that is an excellent description. It looks like a juvenile Rose Breasted Grosbeak. Fall is a time when you might see a variety of strange birds at your feeders. Different juvenile species and migrants passing through can make September an exciting time for backyard birdwatchers.
Large numbers of finches are more common, as juvenile American Goldfinch learn to feed. And sightings of unusual sparrows scratching underneath feeders have been reported. Longer nights and diminishing food supplies are sending Michigan birds to feeding stations in large numbers in search of supplements to their diet. As winter approaches, providing high calorie and high fat foods can be important to the birds.

Oil sunflower is the favorite of most seed eating birds and a great overall seed to offer. (Click HERE to read more on which seeds are preferred by wild birds.) Suet and peanuts are also high energy, high fat foods which are invaluable in the fall when insects are harder to find and birds need many more calories to keep their bodies warm. But please stay away from the cheap filler seeds. It’s a waste of your money and it makes it harder for the birds to wade through all the junk to find good seeds. There are no filler, waste of your money seeds, in any of our Wild Birds Unlimited blends. Check your suet too, to make sure it has a minimum of 6% crude protein and 35% crude fat and not a lot of fillers.

It's the goal of Wild Birds Unlimited for you to have the best possible experience from your bird feeding hobby. Backyard bird feeding is the most relaxing, fulfilling, educational and exciting hobby that everyone can enjoy. If you have any questions come in to our East Lansing. We can give you accurate information about our local birds.

At Wild Birds Unlimited, we are Your Backyard Bird feeding Specialist®, here to help bring you, and nature together.

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