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
Spring is a much anticipated time for our smallest backyard-winged visitors. Hummingbirds may be the most anticipated bird to visit our yards. And why not? These littlest jewels of the backyard have some of the biggest personalities.
Hummingbirds are indeed small, weighing 1/10th of an ounce; about the weight of a penny. They also lay the world’s smallest bird egg; about the size of a blueberry.
For such a little bird, hummingbirds can be very feisty and aggressive when defending their territories; which includes nectar feeders. Multiple feeders, spread throughout your yard, will encourage more hummingbirds to visit and keep bullies at bay. The more feeders you offer and the more spread out they are, the more difficult it is for a protective hummingbird to defend all the feeders. Others, like females or even juveniles, will be able to eat more often, perhaps staying longer to feed or rest at feeders.
Speaking of feeders, these little birds have big appetites. Hummingbirds eat about every ten minutes and their diet is not made up entirely of nectar. They spend more than 25% of their time foraging for small spiders and insects to obtain essential amino acids and other nutrients.
Hummingbirds use their bill and not their tongue to catch prey while they forage near the ground and in trees. They love spiders and spider eggs and keep an eye out for small flying insects like midges, fruit flies and gnats. They also check leaves and branches for leaf hoppers, aphids and even the occasional small caterpillar.
Our little hummingbirds are deceptively big on speed. They often seem to explode away from a feeder like a dragster. They typically fly at 30-45 miles per hour (48-72 kph), but can fly up to 60 mph (96 kph). They can even hover and are the only birds able to regularly fly backwards and even occasionally upside down. They can do this because of an extremely mobile shoulder joint.
Be a seasonally savvy bird feeder by installing multiple hummingbird nectar feeders around your yard to draw in these little birds with the big personalities. Visit our store and we'll help you pick out everything you need to attract hummingbirds to your backyard.
Sweet dreams can be made a reality with the Wild Birds Unlimited High Perch Hummingbird Feeders. Here are some of the reasons why.
The Best Views
For Birds, Not insects
Celebrate Mother birds by making their lives a little easier. Provide them with safe, reliable homes and abundant, nutritious and easily obtained food sources.
Invite Mom to raise a family along with yours by offering appropriate, safe and ready-to-use nest boxes. Well-constructed nest boxes provide more options and more protection from weather and predators than may be found naturally. Nest boxes are available for chickadees, wrens, bluebirds and more.
It may not seem like much, but having to shell every seed you eat can take time and energy. Moms need all the energy they can muster for building a quality nest, laying eggs and raising young. Blends without any shells offer a grab-and-go bite of quick energy.
Our No-Mess Plus Blend is packed with sunflower chips and chopped tree nuts, a great source of protein. Protein is essential for baby birds from the time they hatch until they are fully grown. This includes growing strong feathers which are made up of over 90% protein.
No-Mess Plus Blend also includes calcium, a mineral birds need during nesting season.
Mealworms attract common and uncommon insect-eating birds. They are a convenient protein-packed food. Offer them in an EcoClean® Dinner Bell™, SideDish™ Feeder or other smooth-sided tray feeders.
Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® Bits are packed with energy for quick grab-and-go bites with added calcium. The much needed calcium is attractive to egg-laying Moms as well as nestlings and fledglings.
• Northern (Baltimore) Orioles begin arriving the last week of April and begin nesting. Put out feeders with nectar, oranges and grape jelly to attract these beauties.
• Young are born in nursery colonies of bats.
• The Dawn Chorus begins. This is the peak of courtship for the birds in our region. Be sure to listen for the early morning natural serenade.
• Red-headed Woodpeckers are nesting. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers are incubating.
• Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches are incubating and are less likely to be at feeders.
• Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Nighthawks, Wood Thrushes, and Chimney Swifts return.
• House Wrens return-late April, early May.
• Sub-adult Purple Martins return to establish new colonies early in the month.
• Watch for Indigo Bunting at the Nyjer feeders.
• Eta Aquarids meteor shower is early-May.
• International Migratory Bird Day is mid-May.