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, October 1, 2014

Finches feathers change colors as temperatures dip

Goldfinches in winter colors feeding with a female cardinal and chickadee
As the leaves change color in the fall so do the American Goldfinches’ feathers. Most of the bright yellow finches have put on their brown coats to prepare for winter. But don't stop feeding them! They stay year round in Michigan and sing and flutter fly. They are one of my favorite birds to watch and listen to in the winter.

Chickadees and cardinals are also forming flocks and scoping out the best winter territories. So keep the feeders full of fresh fatty foods like suet, peanuts, sunflower seed, White Proso Millet, Safflower, or Nyjer® Thistle.

Bird feeding has come a long way from offering some waste grains swept up from a hay-loft, bits of suet or animal fat nailed to a tree or maybe a few table crumbs placed on a tree stump.

Today, thanks to decades of observation and research, Wild Birds Unlimited is able to offer regionally formulated seed blends that meet birds' nutritional needs and help you attract a wider variety of birds.

Our unique No-Mess Blend is by far our most popular blend. It features sunflower, peanuts and millet seeds that have had their shells removed so only the meat of the seed is left. No hulls on the seeds make for a tidier feeding area, since there's no debris on the ground to clean up. Pound for pound, our No-Mess Blend offers the best value because you do not pay for the shells. The birds eat everything.

We do not include cheap filler grains like oats, wheat and milo that decrease the price per pound of a mix but aren't eaten by the birds in Michigan. Therefore, there is no wasted seed. Wild Birds Unlimited blends actually end up costing less to use while attracting more of the birds that you want to watch.

Related Articles:
Common winter birds in Michigan and their food preference: http://bit.ly/yp9YQA
How to choose the best suet cake http://bit.ly/xATYPQ
How to have more colorful birds at your feeder http://bit.ly/qizlNh
How to winterize your bird feeding station http://bit.ly/xucuF8
Best food for birds in the winter http://goo.gl/imUo8O
Choosing a seed blend to feed wild birds http://goo.gl/C3mFuD