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.
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Friday, October 2, 2009

Peoplewatching Bird

by Shel Silverstein

Birds are flyin' south for winter.
Here's the Weird-Bird staying north,
Wings a-flappin', beak a-chatterin',
Cold head bobbin' back 'n' forth.
He says, "It's not that I like ice
Or freezin' winds and snowy ground.
It's just sometimes it's kind of nice
To be the only bird in town."

I think a lot of birds had the same idea. My birdbath was frozen yesterday. (Time to pull out the heated birdbath.) But that doesn't mean the feeder activity is down. With these cold wet days that mid-Michigan is having, I've never seen so many birds at the feeders. And I'm not alone. Customers are reporting high numbers and variety of birds at the feeders.


Anonymous said...

My finches are gone. Haven't seen the chickadees and only a couple of cardinals. The sparrows will never leave I'm afraid. So much for in-town living!

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

I live in town and still have lots of birds. If you feed high fat, high protein foods the birds will come.

Today, thanks to decades of observation and research, the menu available to offer the birds is more diverse to attract a wider variety of birds to your feeders and provide the most beneficial foods to meet birds' nutritional needs.

Peanuts, being relatively new to the bird feeding menu, are a great example. They are nutritionally high in protein and fat while being very attractive to a broad array of woodland and backyard birds.

Along with peanuts, birds in Michigan like Black-Oil Sunflower, Sunflower Chips, White Proso Millet, Safflower, and Nyjer® Thistle.

For the East Lansing and Okemos Wild Birds Unlimited stores, customers’ preference by far is WBU No-Mess Blend.

Our unique No-Mess Blend features seeds that have had their shells removed so only the meat of the seed is left. No hulls on the seeds make for a tidier feeding area, since there's no debris on the ground to clean up.