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.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How to Attract Birds This Holiday Season

Seasonal Needs
Nights are longer and colder this time of year. Birds require high-fat, quick-energy foods to stay active and warm. Insect-eaters are looking for more fats and fruits. Seed-eaters are searching for high-oil seeds and nuts. .
Have you noticed how ravenously the birds eat at your feeders, especially early in the morning and just before dusk? Chickadees can gain as much as 10% of their body weight each day and lose it all again during a cold winter night.

Recommended Foods
Attract more birds this holiday season and meet their dietary needs with a Wild Birds Unlimited Seed Wreath, No-Mess Blend seed, a Cranberry Fare Seed Cylinder or Peanut Butter Suet. Each has high-fat, quick-energy ingredients like black oil sunflower, peanuts, pecans, suet, or cranberries.

Our pecan packed Seed Wreath is a dining delight for birds, and it can add festive cheer to any yard. Use it as a decoration, or hang it near your existing feeders that are busier than ever these days.

Recommended Feeders
We recommend serving No-Mess Blend in our EcoTough™ Classic hopper feeder, Aspects Tube feeder, or Brome's Squirrel Buster Plus feeder. All are easy to clean, easy to fill, and come with a lifetime guarantee. But most importantly the birds like these feeders the best!

Also offering a Cranberry Seed Cylinder in a Seed Cylinder Feeder is an easy way to provide birds with essential calories throughout the holidays. Nuthatches can be seen prying seeds loose and sometimes flying off to store them for retrieval later in the same day or a quick source of food the next morning.

Or our EcoTough™ Tail Prop Suet Feeder is perfect for the Peanut Butter or Nut and Raisin suet cakes and attracts a wide variety of natural bug eating birds. The paddle simulates a tree trunk, allowing you to see woodpeckers use their stiff tail feathers for extra support while they feed. Slip a suet cake in and when a bird lands on the tail prop feeder they think they have just discovered a tree stuffed full of yummy bugs!