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
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Simply put, spring can be a very difficult time for your birds.
Early in the month, birds' natural food supply is at its lowest point of the year. Insect populations are still low or non-existent, and the few remaining wild fruits, berries, seeds and nuts are either hidden or undesirable. Unpredictable weather doesn't make life any easier. Sunny, warm, spring-like days can turn into cold, damp conditions that challenge birds' survival skills. And to make matters worse, this is all happening as some birds prepare for nesting season.
However, these various challenges provide you with one of the best opportunities of the year to help your birds.
Offer your birds lots of high-energy foods, such as peanuts and suet. Loaded with fat and protein, these are beneficial substitutes for the scarce insects many birds would eat if they could find them.
Counteract the lack of natural insects by offering protein-rich mealworms. They are eaten by numerous species of birds and can be a lifesaver during a sudden cool snap.
Calcium fortified foods (pictured below) can help with eggshell development in breeding birds.
*Remember, don't stop feeding the birds just because the seasons change. Very few residential areas have truly natural habitat, therefore there are not the natural food supplies people often think there might be. Spring and summer feeding can give the birds, and their growing families, a much needed boost in an altered landscape. Plus, there are many species to be viewed during the warmer weather months that simply aren't here in the winter. Why miss out on seeing them.
In early spring, bluebirds, chickadees and a few other species begin scouting out nesting sites and may even begin laying eggs. Other species are trying to build up strength for the busy nesting season ahead and will appreciate any help you can give them.
You can help by placing nesting materials and installing bird houses around your backyard. You can entice birds, such as bluebirds, wrens, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers, Purple Martins, swallows, owls and Wood Ducks. Bird houses can make your birds' lives a little easier. After all, they have already expended a lot of energy establishing territories, courting and looking for scarce food.
If you are using a functional bird house to provide your birds a home, be sure it meets these six requirements:
|Bluebird using a WBU house.||Calcium fortified foods|
Stop by Wild Birds Unlimited to find a wide selection of houses that meet these criteria. Most houses made in the USA. We also stock all the poles or hanging hardware to help you install the house in just the right spot in your yard.