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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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What a difference a day makes

After all the rain and wet weather we've experienced earlier, make sure your feeders are free of any mold, clean, and full of fresh seed. The switch from rain to snow is driving many more birds to the feeders in search of food.

Birds can detect subtle changes in air pressure, which can indicate an approaching storm and prepare. So if they think they are going to have to hunker down for awhile, birds must stuff themselves with high fat, high energy foods to get them through the period of inactivity. During storms birds may think of your feeder as a known source of food. While not dependent on feeders, birds don't feel like foraging for food in bad weather. Feeders make it easier for wild birds to brave a storm.

A seed blend with sunflower seeds and peanuts is great to offer year-round. It has a high calorie/ounce ratio due to its high fat and protein content. At Wild Birds Unlimited that would be our most popular WBU No-Mess Blend or WBU Choice blend.

Suet or seed blocks are also great foods to offer. Suet is a high energy, pure fat substance which is invaluable when birds need many more calories to keep their bodies running strong. I would recommend our peanut butter suet.

Related Articles: 
How birds survive cold, windy winter nights http://how-birds-survive-cold-windy-winter.html
Birds travel in the eye of the storm http://birds-travel-in-eye-of-storm.html
Can birds predict the weather? http://bit.ly/w3bhs8
Where birds go when it storms http://bit.ly/xpvtC0
How can birds fly in the rain? http://goo.gl/EkW48

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