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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bluebirds in blizzard

http://youtu.be/aNWtqHf1zhw?t=6m28s 
Winter is the time when high fat foods become more critical in a bird’s diet. Every night up to three-quarters of a bird’s fat reserves are used up; reserves that must be replenished the next day. When fat reserves are depleted, protein — mostly scavenged from muscle tissue — is depleted to keep up with energy needs.

Keeping your feeders filled with high energy, high fat foods can provide your birds with the critical nutrition they need to survive. High on the list of best choices to meet this nutritional need is suet and mealworms.

Seeds also provide fats, but in varying degrees. Peanuts provide 412 fat calories per 100 grams, sunflower chips (429 fat calories per 100 grams) and niger seed (342 fat calories).