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
Phone: (541) 844-1788
Fax: (541) 844-1732
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun - Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Eugene's Wild Bird and Nature Experts... Call us about monthly seminars, bird walks, and any wild bird questions...we're all about the birds!
Stop by the store today and ask our Certified Birdfeeding Specialists which foods and feeders are best for bird dads. Here are some fun facts about feathered fathers!
The Father-of-the-Year Award goes to the Downy Woodpecker. Though they share daytime nest duties with their mate, only the fathers incubate and brood at night and they roost in the nest until their offspring fledge. Then, they often lead the youngsters to food resources...like your suet feeders!
Chickadee and nuthatch dads feed Mom while she incubates and broods the eggs, and also helps feed the young once they have hatched.
Downy Woodpecker and American Goldfinch dads like to take the family out to eat. Once their the young brood fledges from the nest, Dad leads them to great food sources as well as teaches them how to use his favorite backyard bird feeders...like YOURS if you put high quality food out in summer.
Ladies love a sharply-dressed fellow, even in the bird world. Only the most colorful, well-dressed House Finch and American Goldfinch males are preferred by their female counterparts. Carotenoids, a pigment found in foods that create red, orange and yellow to violet colors in feathers, help a potential dad communicate his reproductive fitness via his vibrant and bright plumage. It also shows females that he can be a good family provider since he must know where to find quality food and lots of it based on his superior coloring.
The White-breasted Nuthatch male gets a special protection detail. His mate is a "watchdog," protecting her fella from trouble, leaving him more time to concentrate on hunting for food. She rarely strays far from him and stays in constant vocal contact when more than a few yards apart.
Pygmy and Brown-headed Nuthatches provide future dads with on-the-job training. A third of all breeding pairs of Pygmy Nuthatches have one to three male helpers, usually their own offspring or other relatives. Between 20-60% of breeding Brown-headed Nuthatch pairs have at least one helper. These helpers, which could be future moms too, assist in feeding the incubating female, the nestlings and the young fledglings. *Pygmy Nuthatches are found in Central Oregon; Brown-headed Nuthatches occur in the eastern part of the US.
Dads dig tools...even avian ones. Nuthatch males and females are among those species of birds known to use "tools." The White-breasted Nuthatch has been known to use certain beetles as a tool by crushing ones that are stinky and sweeping them in and around their nest site to deter squirrels from preying on their eggs and young. The Brown-headed Nuthatch will take a loose flake of pine bark in its bill and use it to pry up other scales of bark in search of prey.
Adult male Song Sparrows love to perform. They sing about six to twenty different melodies every eight seconds and may average over 2,300 songs during an entire day. The larger their repertoire of songs, the more successful they are in attracting a mate and in holding their territories.
Mourning Dove dads raise BIG families. They may have up to six clutches per year, with usually two eggs per clutch. This is the most of any North American bird, most likely due to the fact that the average life span for an adult Mourning Dove is 1 ½ years.
The male Northern Cardinal 'kisses' his mate during courtship. He feeds her seeds while courting her and it appears they are kissing.
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Pre-registration required...see below!
Spring WBU Bird Walks
The leaders will contact you about the specific walk meeting locations.
Hope to see you out there!
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Bird eggs are found in a wide variety of colors and shapes and they rage in size from tiny hummingbird eggs, smaller than a coffee bean*, to that of the extinct Elephant Bird of Madagascar, over 13 inches in length and holding a gallon of volume. In this presentation, we will look how these eggs are formed and how they get their color. Why are the different shapes important for the bird in its habitat?
Just as important as the size, shape and color is what's inside the egg. How do eggs get fertilized and develop? How do young birds grow and eventually escape the confines of the egg? This is a fascinating topic and one often overlooked by birders. A male Western Tanager is beautiful to see and a Bald Eagle impresses all of us, but how did they come to be before we can see their magnificence in the wild? We will explore these questions in our June program.
Eggs above include from left: Common Murre, Anna's Hummingbird, Black-bellied Plover, Red-winged Blackbird and Chukar.
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