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, July 24, 2012

Why are the birds eating so much?

“The kiss of the sun for pardon. The song of the birds for mirth. One is nearer God’s heart in a garden, than anywhere else on this earth."—Dorothy Frances Gurney

Working at Wild Birds Unlimited I hear how hungry the birds are all the time. So first I would like thank  everyone that supports our small business. People who shop here are the best!

Backyard bird watching is a fascinating activity that increases our awareness and appreciation of nature. It also helps us forget about the hectic day-to-day craziness and just sit back and relax.

This year the birds have had a very long, hot summer to endure. Many birds that normally move away from the feeders to catch bugs when their babies are born have been having a hard time finding food in this dry weather. So the lack of natural food and extreme temperatures has increased the activity at a lot of feeders.

You may be tempted to buy a cheap bag of birdseed at the supermarket. RESIST THE TEMPTATION! The birds will scatter the majority of it on the ground as they look for good seeds.Most cheap blends contain cheap filler seeds that may be attractive to the birds out west but our local backyard birds just have to pick through it. Since you’re paying by the pound, it makes sense to buy seed that the colorful birds like and not just feed the chipmunks.Wild Birds Unlimited makes seed blends specifically formulated to attract the widest variety of birds in our area so you won't see a lot of seed just tossed out of the feeder on the ground.

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And just a little reminder that Tuesdays are seed delivery days. If you would like to load a few fresh bags of seed into your car directly, that would be much appreciated. I know I keep running out of No-Mess blend but there is a couple tons waiting outside the store right now! Come in early to pick up your supply at the Wild Birds Unlimited in East Lansing, Michigan.
Thank you all!

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