St. Charles, Missouri
We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

 

Seed & Suet Sale

We have a variety of the best seed blends and suet in town! Our seed blends:

  • are chosen by your local expert
  • are formulated to care for your birds.
  • contain no cereal fillers – just seeds your birds love.

Our suet and no-melt suet dough contain high-quality ingredients and make every trip to the feeder count.

      *SAVE NOW during our February Seed, Suet and Cylinder Sale.

      *Daily Savings Club Members receive an extra 5% OFF the Sale Prices!

                                 **Peanuts are excluded

PLUS....Specialty Bird Food                                                         

                      Mix & Match Sale    

(Specialty food items include Suet Cakes, Tubs and Plugs, Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter and Bark Butter Bits)

Buy any FOUR specialty bird food items; get the FIFTH item or lesser value FREE!

( Daily Savings Club members, you still receive your 15% discount on the four items purchased, and the fifth is FREE!)

Sale Ends 2/26/17

 

 

*Valid only at the St. Charles, Mo. store.

 

 

Great Backyard Bird Count

Your Backyard Counts!

Take Part in the Great Backyard Bird Count: February 17-20

When you feed birds in your backyard, it shows that you value having a daily relationship with nature and that you are willing to take action to foster it.

Like many of us, if you have been feeding birds for a while…you probably have a reputation. Your friends, neighbors and relatives likely see you as a person who loves nature, and they value your willingness to share the enjoyment of “your” backyard birds at a moment's notice.

Your hobby and your backyard truly count as things that bring you joy and are important to you.

The Great Backyard Bird Count gives you the opportunity to make them count even more than ever by participating in this annual event which links citizens with scientists in an effort to collect important data about backyard birds.

The GBBC is a joint project of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited. It takes place each February. Count the birds in your backyard, and then simply report the information online at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.

Your information becomes part of an extensive data base that is analyzed by scientists to better understand important trends in bird populations, range expansions, habitat changes and shifts in migration patterns. Last year, participants turned in more than 162,000 online checklists, creating the world's largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.

Make your backyard count even more for the birds when you participate in this year’s GBBC. And to ensure the birds all show up to be counted, visit our store for the widest variety of great bird food products!

 

How To Better Identify
Birds for GBBC                         

As a Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) participant, you may see birds you don’t know. To identify lesser-known birds, practice answering the following  questions, looking at a bird from the top down.

1. Silhouette

Look at the bird’s overall size, shape and posture. Is it the size of  something familiar like a sparrow, robin or crow? How does it sit, perch or fly?

2. Head Markings

Does the bird have a colorful or striped cap? Is there a stripe above or through the eye, or does it have an eye ring or  “spectacles?” Look for cheek patches or a mustache. Is there a white throat patch?

3. Body Markings

What are the overall back, breast and belly colors? What’s on the chest: a patch, spots, streaks or is it clear? Are the flanks (sides of body) clear or  streaked? Is there a white or yellow rump patch?

4. Wing Markings

Are the wings a different color than the body? Are there wing bars or spots?

5. Tail Shape and Markings

Is the tail long or short compared to the body? Is it forked, squared, pointed  or another shape? Are there certain colors or vertical or horizontal stripes?

We offer a variety of field guides that will help you determine a bird’s identity. With practice, you will quickly  gather all the clues you need to positively identify birds.

For more tips on how to better identify birds, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.

 

We're Sponsoring Project FeederWatch & BirdSpotter Photo Contest

Wild Birds Unlimited is Sponsoring
Project FeederWatch & BirdSpotter Photo Contest

Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders across North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and submit their data. This helps scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance.

Anyone interested in birds can participate - including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs. You can count birds as often as every week, or as infrequently as you like: the schedule is completely flexible. All you need is a bird feeder, bird bath, or plantings that attract birds. Click here to join.

You can also participate in the BirdSpotter Photo Contest. Now through early March, submit your bird photos for a chance to win prizes from Wild Birds Unlimited. Click here to learn more.

 

Project FeederWatch is operated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.

 

How to Attract More Birds with Suet

 

 

February Nature Happenings

• Great Backyard Bird Count, mid-month, www.birdsource.org/gbbc
• Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
• February is National Bird Feeding Month                                                                       
• Peak of squirrel mating season.
• Great Horned Owls are incubating their eggs.
• A few Sandhill Cranes can be seen migrating north in late February.
• Red Fox, raccoon, woodchuck, beaver, skunk, opossum and rabbit mating seasons.
• Bluebird and other nest boxes need to be cleaned out this month.
• Bald Eagles begin nesting behavior.
• Red-winged Blackbirds, Killdeer and Great Blue Herons return in southern areas.
• Look for early waterfowl migrants such as Bufflehead, Common Goldeneyes and Redheads as lakes thaw.
• Chipmunks reappear at feeders as temperatures rise.