Birding

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Choosing your bird feeders

You will want to select a bird feeder based on the type of birds you hope to attract. We have feeders to hang from a tree branch and models to mount to a post and place in the ground.

Tube feeders, tray feeders and classic feeders can be used to attract a wide variety of birds depending on the seed you use. If you want to attract Cardinals make sure you have a roomy tray so they can perch comfortably. We also have feeders designed to specifically attract Hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles, and Woodpeckers.

If squirrels and raccoons are a problem, we carry baffles to outsmart the little critters. We also have specially designed feeders that dispense seed only to birds – you have to see it to believe it!

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Selecting Seed & Suet

Birds need high-energy food throughout the year, especially in seasons when their natural food sources are depleted. You can attract a certain species of bird simply by the food you offer.

Black-oil sunflower is a popular seed attracting a wide variety of birds with its high meat-to shell ratio and high fat content. The small size is also perfect for Black-capped Chickadees.

Safflower is a favorite of Cardinals, Grosbeaks and Sparrows.

Thistle seed (sometimes called Nyjer or Niger) attracts smaller birds like Goldfinches.

Peanuts attract Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Jays, Chickadees, Nuthatches and Sparrows.

Suet is a high-energy food and is ideal in winter. Suet attracts Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Nuthatches – even Cardinals.

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Birdhouses

Birdhouses or nest boxes are a great way to attract birds that prefer to nest in holes. There are about 85 species of North American birds that prefer a cavity style nest. Just like bird feeders and birdseed, selecting your birdhouse can influence the types of birds you attract.

Birdhouses should have slanted roofs to allow rainwater to run off. They need proper ventilation to allow sufficient airflow, but make sure the entrance holes are the proper diameter so unwanted species and animals are denied access.

Birdhouses add a beautiful element to your backyard and provide a comfortable home for your feathered friends. Whatever type of birdhouse you choose, be sure your house is well constructed, properly placed and try to make it predator proof.

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Chickadees and Nuthatches will gravitate to nest boxes with a 1 1/8 inch hole – preferably placed at eyelevel or slightly higher.

Sparrows prefer an entrance between 1 1/4 and 2inches in diameter. Ideally the house will face east to avoid direct heat from the sun. They love nesting boxes mounted below the eaves.

Bluebirds prefer houses approximately 4 x 4 to 5 x 5 inches with a 1 9/16 inch entry hole and placed on a post between 3 and 5 feet high. Perches should not be used on Bluebird houses and a 5 inch roof overhang will discourage predators.

Finches will either nest in birdhouses or platforms in addition to their natural habitat. Finch houses should have a 1 1/2 inch entrance hole. Ideal materials are cedar, redwood or a good grade of plywood.

Hummingbirds, Cardinals, Northern Mockingbirds and Orioles prefer to use platforms placed in trees and shrubs.

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Birdbaths

Birds need a dependable supply of fresh water for drinking and bathing. We carry a variety of birdbaths that will provide this essential element while adding an attractive accent to your yard. Choose from a wide variety of birdbaths in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes.

It is important to keep the water fresh so you may want to add a dripper or mister. These simple devices mean less maintenance and happier birds.

In winter birdbaths are crucial to birds in the northern states as the natural waters freeze. A heated birdbath is the perfect answer. Whether you choose a bath with a built-in heater or choose to purchase an immersion heater, your birds will thank you!

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Maintaining Bird Feeders & Baths

Keeping your feeders and baths clean keeps fungi and bacteria from developing and potentially harming your songbirds.

When adding seed to your feeders make it a habit of removing any leftover seed first. Periodic cleaning will keep your birds happy and healthy. Use 9 parts water to 1 part vinegar for a thorough cleaning every few weeks. A selection of feeder cleaning brushes is available to make this a quick and easy process.

While drippers and water circulators and misters can help keep your birdbath clean, a thorough cleaning should be done periodically to prevent the spread of disease. Simply drain the water, scrub the bath with a stiff brush and either fresh water or birdbath cleaner, rinse and refill. Changing your birdbath water frequently helps keep the water fresh and inviting.

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