We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
1983 Zumbehl Road
St. Charles, MO 63303
Phone: (636) 949-9191
Fax: (636) 949-9192
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Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
We have a variety of the best seed blends and suet in town! Our seed blends:
Our suet and no-melt suet dough contain high-quality ingredients and make every trip to the feeder count.
*Valid only at the St. Charles, Mo. store.
Right now chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and jays are hiding food to retrieve and eat at a later time. This behavior is called “caching.” Caching helps birds survive during bad weather and when food sources are low. These birds can store hundreds of seeds a day. Each seed is placed in a different location and they generally remember where each one is, even a month later.
By providing an easily accessible food source, you can help your birds with their caching needs.
Chickadees prefer to cache black oil sunflower seeds; often eating a small portion before hiding it in and under bark, dead leaves, knotholes, clusters of pine needles, gutters, shingles and in the ground. Chickadees cache more in the middle of the day when visiting feeders.
Titmice are rather particular. They choose the largest sunflower seeds available to eat and cache. Titmice and chickadees like to cache seeds within 130 feet of bird feeders; your yard or a neighbor's yard. Often, they tuck seeds into the bark and crevices of a wood pile or on a large branch. They even cache them under mulch in a garden.
Nuthatches prefer heavier sunflower seeds over the lighter ones. Be sure to have some sunflower chips in your blend, too, as they like these 25% more than one in the shell. They cache more in the morning and prefer to hide foods on deeply furrowed tree trunks and the underside of branches. Nuthatches are also known to hide seeds under a shingle or behind wooden siding.
Jays love to cache peanuts, sunflower seeds and acorns. They are especially fond of peanuts in the shell. They bury them in the ground and are known to cache about 100 in a day; emptying a feeder in no time. Watch for them make repeated trips to your feeders (or an oak tree) and fly off. They can travel up to two miles to bury their nutritious treasure.
Migration, food preferences and weather vary continuously throughout the year, and these influence the bird activity at your feeders. Being “seasonally savvy” means you adjust your feeding program to match birds' changing behaviors. Learn to embrace seasonal changes, and you will attract more birds and experience even more fun!
For a Seasonally Savvy Fall Bird Feeding Station:
Suet is available at a lot of stores. However, not all suet is created equal, and finding the best for your birds can be tricky if you just grab the least expensive option on the shelf. Look at all we do to provide your birds with the best, most nutritional suet.
• Eastern Hognose Snakes begin hibernating.
• This is the month to clean, install and repair nest boxes for use next year. Birds may even use them this winter to escape cold weather.
• Waterfowl migration continues to build.
• Sandhill Cranes return, but migration is more gradual than in spring, and flocks are not as big.
• Peak fall colors this month.
• Most Wood Ducks migrate south this month-a few stay to over winter.
• White-tailed Deer bucks go into rut.
• Juncos and White-throated Sparrows become common at feeders.
• Woodchucks are feeding profusely in preparation for hibernation.
• Beavers are very active in the evenings while caching a winter supply of food.
• Most Hummingbirds will be headed south and through St. Charles by the 4th week of the month. Keep feeders up and nectar fresh for about 10 days to two weeks after you see the last one.