We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
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St. Charles, MO 63303
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Simply put, March can be a very difficult month for your birds.
Early in the month, birds' natural food supply is at its lowest point of the year. Insect populations are still low, 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 cold snap.
Birds build open-cup shaped nests in trees or on the ground, or they nest in cavities (or holes) in trees. 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:
Calcium is the most challenging mineral for birds because when they need it, they need large quantities and they need it right away. This is mainly during nesting time for egg laying as well as chick development. The amount of calcium in their natural diet of seeds and insects is often inadequate and they must seek calcium-rich foods as a supplement. Many of the bird foods we offer include calcium to help your nesting birds. Foods like our Choice Plus Blend, No Mess Plus Blend, Jim's Birdacious Bark Butter products and Peanut Butter' N Jelly Dough Suet Cakes.
Our source of calcium is from oyster grit or limestone dust. Both are finely ground and easily consumed by small songbirds.
Be a seasonally savvy friend to your birds by providing them with the extra calcium they require during nesting season.
Filled with useful information and illustrated with more than 800 images and 180 maps, The Joy of Bird Feeding is the essential guide for anyone who loves to feed the birds.
In this book, Jim Carpenter, founder and president of Wild Birds Unlimited, shares a lifetime of bird feeding passion and experience, answers common hobby problems and provides fun bird feeding activities to share with family and friends.
Stop by our store to get your copy!
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.
• Project FeederWatch continues, www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw
• Belted Kingfishers, Eastern Phoebes, Turkey Vultures, Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles and Tree Swallows return.
• It's the peak of migration for Snow Geese and many other waterfowl species.
• Large communal crow roosts disperse, and some crows begin nesting.
• Now is the perfect time to clean out nest boxes and install new ones, as Bluebirds and Chickadees are exploring potential nesting cavities.
• Peak of Sandhill Crane migration.
• Bald Eagles and Screech Owls are sitting on their eggs.
• Purple Martins return by the middle of the month; be sure to have your houses ready. https://www.purplemartin.org/research/8/scout-arrival-study/
• Cardinals begin nesting in southern areas.
• Goldfinches are hungry for Nyger and Sunflower Chips as they change into their new, bright breeding color.