We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
2510 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97405
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Suet dough is especially important this time of year when the weather is hot! Regular suet melts when temperatures reach the 90s, resulting in the goopiness (is that a real word?) so infamous with suet in summer. Birds' feathers can be damaged by such drippy fat, and it makes a mess below it on the ground, so some people completely avoid feeding suet in summer.
Suet dough is made to melt at much higher temperatures, around 130 degrees, which we don't see here in Oregon, thank goodness! Suet dough has more solid ingredients in it, much less fat, but the fat that is present still helps birds with their energy needs. We've stocked up on several suet dough "flavors" to help your baby birds learn to come to your house for their future suet and dough needs!
Cut out this coupon and stop in to talk about options for your summer feeding strategies! Your birds will thank you for it!
Human families staying close to home this summer won’t have to travel any farther than their backyards for fun and entertainment. This time of year, adult woodpeckers and adults of many other bird species, are introducing their young fledglings to a whole new world of experiences. (Photo opposite shows Downy Woodpecker dad introducing baby to Bark Butter!)
People who only feed the birds during the winter miss out on summer bird feeding fun and fascinating wild bird ‘family life’ activities. By mid-summer, woodpecker fledglings begin leaving the nest and are fed and taught to eat from feeders by their parents; a fascinating interaction to observe.
The health and growth rate of a fledgling is determined by the amount of nutritional foods it consumes. High-protein and high-calcium foods are especially important until a bird is full grown. Fledglings require a lot of protein to help them grow strong, to acquire properly-colored feathers and strong flight muscles.
Help your birds with high-protein foods like Suet, suet dough, peanuts, Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter®, seed cylinders and mealworms. These energy-packed foods will entice your birds and their young to your yard, so the young birds learn the location of your bird food and will begin to make return trips on their own.
You can recognize Downy and other woodpecker fledglings by their fresh, dapper plumage, whereas that of the adults is worn and dusky from their repeated trips in and out of the nest cavity. In the case of Downy Woodpeckers, look for reddish feather patches on the tops of the babies' heads, not the on the back of the head like the father's red patch.
After a few weeks, parents stop feeding their fledglings and may even peck at them if they continue begging for food, to convince them to feed themselves! With lots of young woodpeckers around and the molting process in full swing, woodpeckers are seeking the extra calories and protein that your feeders can provide.
Visit us soon and we’ll make sure you have the expert advice and quality hobby products you need to make friends with some of the cutest birds in the neighborhood.
Dr. David Bonter has been studying feeder birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, NY, for over a decade. In the course of his research, he fills and maintains more than a dozen bird feeders around Ithaca, New York. These tips are based on his guides to feeding birds in summer...