About us: We own a wild bird feeding supply 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, July 24, 2019

The joys of nature outside my window

Who needs a vacation when you get so much joy right where you are, watching nature all around, every day. The Canada Geese are on there annual July walking tour at Wild Birds Unlimited. It is their molting season. They rejuvenate their flight feathers for their Fall migration beginning in mid-June and throughout the month of July. Unlike other birds which will loose one feather at a time and still be able to fly, geese will loose all of their flight feathers (or molt) and will be unable to fly for a period of about 6 weeks. Please drive carefully!
Black squirrels watch geese invade their picnic area
And if you look up in the tree, the black squirrels babies are joining the party. We have a rambunctious one this year that wants to eat from the window feeder while his litter mates eat pine cones under the tree with mom. I knock on the window, he leaves, he's back, I knock on the window, he leaves, he's back.... Finally Momma squirrel took to scolding him, to chasing him, to throwing up her hands, to watching him back on the window feeder.
Blue Jay Jr. figuring it all out

Jays are also all over right now introducing their kids. They are making all sorts of calls and squeaky noises. Some have interesting new hairdos. And House Sparrows are gathering now that their nesting season is almost over. Large family flocks are hitting the feeders hard this year because the weather didn't produce as many bugs for them. When I hear them in the evenings it's like I'm listening in to a huge family reunion.

I could go on and on about the wonders all around me every day, and so could you! Summer is a busy time but remember you and your family don't have to go to a specific destination to appreciate the joys of nature.

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