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.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

October screech owl

The Eastern Screech-Owl is native to North America and nests throughout the United States and in portions of Canada and Mexico. It is a small owl, 8 inches in length from the top of their ear tufts to the tip of the tail, with a wing span of 22 inches. The whinny call of Eastern Screech-Owls are their most frequent vocalizations, particularly during late summer and early fall when young are dispersing and seeking their own territories, but their vocal repertoire also includes various barks, hoots, squeals, and “screeches”.

From October–March in Michigan, Eastern Screech-Owls roost in nest boxes and cavities but you may catch them in the entrance occasionally sunbathing in warm winter weather with fluffed breast and facial plumage.

- Snowy Owls http://bit.ly/ylJmQq
- Eastern Screech Owl http://bit.ly/wMQBZj
- Great Horned Owl http://bit.ly/zmlFqY
- Barred Owl http://bit.ly/yAoDx8
- Great Gray Owl http://bit.ly/tAewYm
- Fun Facts on Owls http://bit.ly/z9q3Dg

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Birdseed: Get the most for your money

You can get some kind of "wild bird seed" almost anywhere: the hardware store, the pet store, the grocery store. Sometimes they may seem like a bargain, but all too often they are a bad choice for you and your birds.

Beware seed mixes that look like the top picture to the right, dominated by red round seeds with a few scattered sunflowers. If the ingredient list shows milo, sorghum, wheat, canary seed, significant amounts of corn, or mysterious unspecified "grain products," it isn't a good blend for mid-Michigan.

Instead, look for a lot of sunflower, which may come in the familiar black shell (as in the middle picture of our Choice Blend) or with the shells removed (as in the bottom picture of our No-Mess Blend). Throwing in "cheap" blends to stretch your "good" seed is just wasteful because you can't trick the birds. They will sweep the seeds they don't like to the ground. 
While Sunflower seed is the favorite of most of the backyard seed eating birds like the finches, I also like to have peanuts in the blend to entice all the bug eating birds like the chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, jays, and wrens.

No-mess is the only loose seed blend I use personally. It has the sunflower seed, peanut pieces, and a little millet, but all the hulls are removed so there is no debris on the ground to clean up. Millet attracts the ground feeding birds like the juncos, sparrows, buntings, and doves. Pound for pound, our No-Mess Blend offers the best value because you do not pay for the shells. The birds eat everything! 

All Wild Birds Unlimited Bird Seed Blends have been formulated regionally to provide the most nutritious food for your birds. Because we learned long ago the better the blend, the better your bird watching!

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Photo Share: Blue Jays make me happy

I like Blue Jays and I think they like me too (even if it's only because I feed them). In the fall jays get the urge to gather as much food as they can find and squirrel it away before winter hits. Their favorite food to cache or hide to retrieve and eat at a later time in the wild is acorns, beechnuts and other assorted tree nuts. At the feeders jays like to take sunflower seeds, whole corn and peanuts in the shell to cache.
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Sometimes perceived as a bully bird, other birds may actually like them because they can cue in to a jay's alert when you fill a feeder or their alarm calls when there is a predator nearby. Blue Jays can make a large variety of sounds. There is also a high-pitched jayer-jayer call that increases in speed that the jays use to call a band together to mob potential predators such as hawks and drive them away from the area.

Blue jays also form long-lasting, monogamous pair bonds. These bonds usually last until one of the pair dies. Their name “Jay” has its origins from the Latin “gaius” meaning “gay or merry” and they do make me happy. I’m taking some peanuts home tonight for my feeder!
 
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Large sparrow under bird feeder

Fox Sparrows that nest across northern Canada and Alaska, migrate at night to the southeastern United States. On their way they south they stop for a couple weeks in Michigan in October to early November.

Fox Sparrows spend a lot of time on the ground, using their sturdy legs to kick away leaf litter in search of insects and seeds. They rarely venture far from cover, and they frequently associate with other sparrows. Sunflower seeds, millet, safflower, peanuts and peanut butter suet are some of the most popular foods that attract sparrows to tray or ground bird feeders. Planting shrubs or berry bushes at the edges of your yard, or keeping a brush pile, are good ways to provide places for Fox Sparrows to forage.

The overall reddish brown appearance of the Fox Sparrow inspired taxonomists to name it after a red fox. Fox Sparrows are generally rust-brown above with a mix of rust and gray on the head, and heavy brownish splotches on the flanks and the center of the chest. The bill can range from yellowish to dark gray.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Small gray, white, and yellow songbird

Photo via Wikimedia Commons
The Blue-headed Vireo's peak migration through mid-Michigan is September to the first couple weeks of October. They winter farther north than the other vireos, with many remaining through the winter in the southeastern states.

Sometimes the people naming the birds see colors that I don't. Their head has a gray hood of feathers with blue tinges in the sun, white spectacles, and white throat. They are a medium-sized vireo with olive-green above, whitish below, and yellow sides. Their wings are dark gray with two white or pale yellow bars.

Their diet consists mainly of bugs, berries and small fruits. Look for them at the suet feeder and the bird bath as they migrate through in the spring and fall.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Easily attract all the birds with no muss, no fuss

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to get started feeding the birds. With our Flying Start™ Cylinder Feeder, you get everything you need. Just slip a seed cylinder on the hanging stake and wait for the birds to discover the food they love.

- Great for people who are experienced or just beginning the bird feeding hobby
- The seed is held together with gelatin so it lasts a long time
- Birds stay at the feeder longer to work a seed off
- Very little mess. No scattered seed below
- One of the easiest feeders to maintain and attracts a wide variety of birds.
- Many different seed cylinder to choose from including HOT to keep the mammals away.

And just when you thought cylinder feeding couldn't get any better... you can look forward to our Seed cylinder Characters from October to December at the East Lansing, Wild Birds Unlimited store!

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Prediction of bird movement

Stock your bird feeders! 

Purple Finches

Many birds will have a difficult time finding natural foods this winter.

Ron Pittaway, an Ontario Field Ornithologist, collects data on the seasonal seed, berry, and cone crops across Canada to determine if there will be enough natural foods to sustain the hordes of finches and other perching birds in the northern forests or if the birds will need to migrate further south. Most years there is enough food. However, when there are widespread crop failures, either due to poor climatic conditions or insect outbreaks, the result is an irruption of birds at our mid-Michigan feeders. The 2018-2019 Winter Finch Forecast predicts it is going to be one of those years we're are going to see a lot of birds!

I've already seen and heard an unusually large number of Red-breasted Nuthatches and Purple Finches are also making their way down. In late November to February expect to see siskins, redpolls, and perhaps some Red or White-winged Crossbills, as well as Pine and Evening Grosbeaks. If you have feeders up, keep them full of the Wild Birds Unlimited No-mess blend or any other blend with a high content of sunflower seed as well as a Nyjer thistle feeder. And fruiting trees and bushes along with a source of open water like a heated bird bath will also encourage these out-of-towners to drop in for a visit.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Big brown bird in the grass

from Wikimedia Commons
Warblers aren't the only new birds passing through in the fall. Flickers may migrate through or even choose to winter in our mid-Michigan yards. The Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) is a medium-sized woodpecker native to most of North America. Unlike most woodpeckers, the flicker spends a lot of time hopping around the ground like a robin looking for bugs, especially ants.

Adults are brown with black bars on the back and wings. A black bib is on the upper breast and the lower breast and belly are beige with black spots. Males in Michigan can be identified by a black moustache stripe at the base of the beak, a red chevron on the back of their head and bright yellow feathers on the undersides of their wing and tail.

The northern populations of the Northern Flicker are migratory, with fall migration taking place September to November. So if this Flicker is new to the area it may see your yard as a good place to winter from its summer home in Canada. They do also come to feeders for seeds, nuts and suet as snows cover the ground. So keep the feeders full to catch him eating. 

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Photo Share: Cardinal eating fall berries

A vigorous and fast growing vine, Virginia creeper

Read more at Gardening Know How: Virginia Creeper Maintenance: Growing Info And Virginia Creeper Plant Care https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/virginia-creeper/virginia-creeper-maintenance.htm
A vigorous and fast growing vine, Virginia creeper

Read more at Gardening Know How: Virginia Creeper Maintenance: Growing Info And Virginia Creeper Plant Care https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/virginia-creeper/virginia-creeper-maintenance.htm
Along with bird feeders, it is always good to think about landscaping with native plants for birds to find food naturally. A vigorous and fast growing vine, the Virginia Creeper attracts a variety of fruit eating birds in the fall through the winter. Cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, mockingbirds, catbirds, finches, flycatchers, tanagers, swallows, vireos, warblers, woodpeckers, thrushes and more will enjoy the fruit and shelter the vine provides.

The leaves provide early fall color, turning brilliant mauve, red, and purple, while the small flowers ripen into bluish fruits. This perennial vine grows in a variety of conditions from full sun to shade, and moist, well-drained soils.

With the right native plants, arranged to mimic natural ecosystems, you will provide birds with food, water, shelter, and nesting places. Instead of just visiting your garden to snack, birds will call it home.

You can find more native plant on the National Audubon Society’s Plants for Birds website: https://www.audubon.org/native-plants

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Gray brown bird with light stripes on breast

Do Indigo Buntings travel in flocks? We have 4 on the feeder now and more in the lilacs.
 

From Wikimedia Commons
Flocks of Indigo Buntings fly through mid-Michigan from September to October as they migrate south for the winter. But they might be hard to identify because they are sporting their winter colors. Female Indigo Buntings are slightly smaller than a House sparrow and have an overall brown or grayish color, with faint streaking on a tan breast. They have short, conical beaks and their legs and feet are black or gray. Males molt their bright indigo blue feathers in late summer and grow irregular, patchy blue and brown feathers.

You are a big help if you create bird friendly “stopover site” in your yard with plenty of food, water and shelter. They like the Wild Birds Unlimited No-Mess blend of sunflower chips, peanuts, and millet as well as the Nyjer Thistle in finch feeders. They also forage for wild seeds, nuts, berries, insects, mosquitoes, flies, aphids, small spiders, buds, goldenrod, thistle, grasses, and herbs.

Research reveals that Indigo Buntings migrate at night in flocks, using the stars for guidance. The birds possess an internal clock that enables them to continually adjust their angle of orientation to a star—even as that star moves through the night sky. Some buntings stop to winter in Florida and south Texas but most go to shrubby, weedy field areas in Mexico and mix in with other buntings like the Painted, Lazuli, Varied, and Orange-breasted Buntings.

Animated migration map of Indigo Bunting from https://ebird.org/

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Friendliest birds coming down from Canada

The small Red-breasted Nuthatch is one of the friendliest birds that comes down from Canada to spend the winter with us in mid-Michigan.
Nuthatches are small, short-tailed birds with pointy black beaks and strong feet. They are fun to watch especially as they forage down tree trucks, often head-first from the top to the bottom, picking insects and grubs from the under the bark. We have the larger White-breasted Nuthatch year-round visiting the sunflower, suet and nut feeders. The red-breasted join them from September to May.

They have a blue-gray back, a rusty red breast and a black cap with a white stripe above the eye. They are about 4 ½ inches long and weigh less then ½ an ounce. Male and female red-breasted nuthatches look alike, except the female has a bluish black cap and paler underparts.

Red-breasted nuthatches are native throughout the nearctic region and are the only species in the nuthatch (Sittidae) family that migrates south in the fall. They make it a treat to fill the feeders on cold mornings when they perch just above your shoulder and cheer you on.

The nuthatches don’t stay long at the feeders though. They prefer to grab a seed and hide or cache their food to retrieve and eat at a later time. They hide hundreds of seeds all over their territory, in a behavior known as scatter-hoarding to keep their stash a secret from competitors and help them survive during bad weather and when food sources are low.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

How to recognize warblers

September is a great time to see a wide variety of birds as they swing through our area. Many warblers are similar in size and coloring to a female goldfinch. I'm usually alerted to visiting warblers in the yard mainly because of their behavior. Most warblers are jittery, bouncy birds in the bushes as they try to flush out bugs or at the bird bath re-hydrating and preparing their feathers for migration.

Pine warblers are active during the day, hopping, climbing tree trunks, and cleaning their feathers. Like many other warblers, their wings beat in an irregular pattern when they fly. They are partial migrants. Pine Warblers from the northern U.S. and Canada migrate to wintering grounds in the southeastern U.S. but the ones that breed in the Southeast stay there year-round.

Besides bugs and water, the Pine Warbler will also regularly eat millet, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and suet from elevated feeders. And fruits from bushes and vines, like bayberry, flowering dogwood, grape, sumac, persimmon, and Virginia creeper.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Hummingbird will migrate south when the winds are favorable

While some birds like blackbirds and geese travel in large flocks, the smallest intercontinental migrant, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, migrates alone. First the male and then the females begin migration. The young birds born this season begin their journey south for the first time after all the adults have departed.

Like other birds that fly solo, they have to depend on a genetically inherited mental map to find the favorable winter grounds hundreds or thousand of miles away from Michigan.

Young hummingbirds are what you see mainly at the end of September. They will look similar to a female, but as young males begin to mature in late summer look for a few random red iridescent feathers on the throat. And the young are very healthy looking. Their feathers are full and shiny whereas the parent birds looked a little haggard.

Birds that are born late in the season are vulnerable especially during a drought. Leaving your feeders up may provide a critical opportunity for these hummingbirds to build reserves and “catch up.” If you keep your feeders filled and fresh you should have hummers visiting from April until usually the end of September or even October. There is no need to force them to go south by taking the feeders down too early. Hummingbirds wait until they have gathered enough calories and the winds are blowing in the right direction before they leave.

Watch a First Year Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird Feeding (video courtesy of Wild Birds Unlimited Barriehttps://youtu.be/w2XsuNLYkpQ
 
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Wild Birds Unlimited's patrons help wildlife thrive

Wild Birds Unlimited's fundraising drive helped raise over $1500 for Nottingham Nature Nook. The proceeds from the sale of Feeder Wash Cards plus extra cash donations resulted in a generous amount of money!

Cheryl Connell-Marsh, the certified wildlife rehabilitation specialist, was kind enough to come to the store Saturday for a couple hours with two adorable baby fox squirrels that she is caring for. I don’t know how she manages to save so many birds, squirrels, rabbits, foxes and many other critters in need each year. It is a huge job (not only in time but also emotionally and financially) that she takes on voluntarily in addition to running her own business.

The way people come together to protect nature is very heartwarming! If you weren’t able to make it in on Saturday you can still donate directly with checks to Nottingham Nature Nook 16848 Towar Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823. The Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing, Michigan store also has a donation box on the counter or go to the Nottingham Nature Nook's Facebook page: https://goo.gl/EJoKWS

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Swainson’s Thrush passing through Michigan

Some birds passing through in the fall, as they migrate south, may look similar to our common little brown House Sparrows. But keep your eyes open. Many birds migrate at night. If you provide a nice rest stop you may wake up to see some different birds, that were riding the winds all night, stop by to rest and recuperate under the feeders or at the bath. Yesterday I came to the Wild Birds Unlimited store and found a Swainson’s Thrush stuck in the awning. I dragged out my ladder and pool skimming net and thankfully was able to scoop the bird out.  

Swainson’s Thrushes breed way up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and even further north in Canada. They winter way down in Central and northern South America. Swainson’s Thrushes are a common species, but their population has declined about 38% between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. During spring and fall migration, significant numbers of Swainson’s Thrushes die from collisions with windows, radio and cell-phone towers, and tall buildings. (For more on the dangers of lights to migrating birds, visit the Fatal Light Awareness Program.) Studies of bird deaths at communications towers in Minnesota, Illinois, and West Virginia revealed that Swainson’s Thrushes were killed in greater numbers than any other bird species.

My thrush just got a little confused in the awing but was fine after I brought him down. But if you find a bird that needs help, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. A list of licensed rehabilitators can be found by visiting http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/ or by calling your local DNR office.

And if you are outside of Michigan:
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Wagging Warbler

The Palm Warbler breeds farther north in Canada than most other warblers. In the fall they may join flocks of other warblers, chickadees, juncos, and sparrows. They are a common migrant through mid-Michigan from mid-August to mid-October.

In the winter when the Palm Warbler hangs out in "palm country" they seem to prefer to feed on the ground in a variety of woodland and thicket habitats. They were named from a specimen taken during the non-breeding season on a Caribbean island. A better name for this species might be the "Wagging Warbler" because of the tail-wagging habit that shows off its yellow undertail.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Scam Revealed! Downy Woodpeckers fool other birds

At about 6 inches, the Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America and the most frequent visitor to backyard feeders year-round. They like to eat peanuts, suet, mealworms, sunflower and safflower seeds.

Downys have a white belly and back and their black wings have white bars. Only the males have a red patch on the back of the head. And they are called downy because of the soft white feathers on their back.

Downy woodpeckers are confused commonly with Hairy woodpeckers, which have similar plumage, but are around 9 inches. However tests revealed that these two birds aren't as closely related as was first thought. A new theory is that the Downys mimicked the markings of the larger Hairys to fool other species into thinking they are the bigger bird. Because if you were a cardinal (twice the size of a downy) and thought you saw a Hairy Woodpecker flying toward you, you might be very quick to get out of the way.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bird coloring book for adults

Need to keep your mind and hands active? Coloring enthusiasts, bird lovers, and gardeners will all delight in an exciting new coloring book, featuring glorious backyard birds with flowering annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines.

page from Backyard Birds and Blossoms
Each coloring page is intricately designed with scientific accuracy to create real and true connections with nature at home. Throughout the pages you will learn more about bird behaviors, plants that can attract new birds, and fun snippets of biology.

Backyard Birds and Blossoms was created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. As with all Cornell Lab Publishing, 35% of the net proceeds goes directly to projects that support education, and community programs.

Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing, Michigan also has America's Favorite Birds. This gorgeous book features North America's top 35 most popular wild birds. The perforated pages make each finished page easy to save, share, and display.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Help Nottingham Nature Nook: Bird Feeder Cleaning Event

This Saturday please help Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing raise money for Nottingham Nature Nook. In April, a little grey fox kit was brought in to the Nook in need of rescue. After months of hand feeding she is now ready to learn how forage for herself. In order to learn the skills required to manage on her own she needs a safe area with natural resources and less contact with humans. A separate large outdoor fenced in area needs to be built to allow her time to grow and eventually be  released in back in to the wild.

This outdoor area can remain a gray fox enclosure for other injured or orphaned kits in the future. The goal is $7000. Any size donation is welcome. Nottingham Nature Nook is a non-profit 501(c)(3) wildlife rehabilitation center that cares for injured and orphaned birds and other wildlife.

SAVE THE DATE: September 15, 2018 Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing, MI will donate all the proceeds from every $20 FEEDER WASH CARD purchased Saturday to the Nook.

WHAT IS IT: A Feeder Wash Card is a card good for 5 bird feeder washes. You will have up to a year to redeem the card.

HOW DOES IT WORK: Bring your Feeder Wash Card in with a dirty feeder and I will cross off one square. Then I will disassemble, soak, scrub, disinfect, and have your reassemble, clean feeder ready for you the next day we are open.

WIN/WIN: You get a card that you can use over the next year for 5 bird feeder washes and Nottingham Nature Nook gets $20. Your birds get clean feeders and the Nook gets a new fenced area to hold injured or orphaned grey foxes.

The Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing, Michigan store is also collecting cash and check donations to help. If you want to donate directly checks can be made to Nottingham Nature Nook 16848 Towar Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823.

BONUS: Cheryl Connell-Marsh, the certified wildlife rehabilitation specialist, will come to Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing at 4pm Saturday September 15, 2018 with orphaned squirrels and will be able to answer any questions.