We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
1930 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 789-6468
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Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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We are located with easy access from all parts of Springfield and surrounding areas. We are next to the Circle K on the east side of MacArthur Blvd, just north of Ash St. contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hummingbirds are Here!Hummingbirds stay in Central Illinois from May through October, so get your feeders out and enjoy. See the links at left for even more tips on attracting these little jewels.
Photo by Mary Roseberry
Backyard bird feeding stations can really make a difference, especially now that birds are raising families.
Birds with access to feeders:
As they are establishing territories and attracting mates, birds are also looking for foods high in calcium and protein to bolster their energy supply and help them during nesting and raising their young. Nestlings need increased amounts of calcium and protein for proper body and feather growth.
Calcium promotes stronger eggs and bones for mother birds and their babies, and calcium-added foods help supplement the dietary needs of birds in your yard during nesting season. When given the opportunity, birds often consume concentrated calcium sources, especially in the evening when they are forming eggs to lay the next day. Watch for increased evening feeder activity by female birds during nesting season if you offer calcium-added foods.
You can also attract birds, such as wrens, chickadees, bluebirds, titmice, mockingbirds, robins, thrushes, thrashers, catbirds, woodpeckers and occasionally, certain warblers to your yard by offering them protein-rich mealworms.
Some birds change part of their eating habits between seasons. In fact, a great proportion of a Black-capped Chickadee's diet is insects in the spring/summer for breeding season, whereas its fall/winter diet is split evenly between animal and vegetable matter. In addition to mealworms, you can also offer Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® and suet to attract birds that are actively seeking insects.