We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
9887 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Phone: (513) 891-2199
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Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
My staff is passionate about feeding birds and creating backyard bird and wildlife habitat, let us share our enthusiasm with you!
Typically, your feeders serve as a supplemental source of food for birds in your yard. In contrast, during periods of cold and severe winter weather, your birds may switch to utilizing them as the critical source of food that enables them to survive from day to day.
A 3-year study in Wisconsin concluded that when temperatures fall below 10 degrees, Black-capped Chickadees without access to feeders have only a 37% winter survival rate as opposed to the much higher 69% survival rate for those able to utilize feeders.
If chickadees are representative of our other feeder birds, then your feeders can make a big difference in the number of birds that survive the winter.
Also, birds may burn up to 10% of their body weight in stored fat each night to stay warm…and this fat must be replaced every day.
Be sure to keep your feeders filled with the high-energy, high-fat foods that provide your birds with the crucial nutrition they need to survive.
High on the list of best choices to meet this nutritional need is Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter®. This peanut butter-based treat is loaded with fat and protein and is known to attract more than 135 species of birds.
Stop by the store soon, and check out the wide selection of energy-packed foods that will help make a true difference this winter…one bird at a time.
While birds are equipped to withstand most winter weather, they obviously can't turn up the thermostat, throw on an extra blanket or whip up a warm cup of cocoa. However, there are a number of ways you can help make survival easier by providing food, a heated, open source of water and protection from the elements.
Food is the most essential element, providing birds with the energy, stamina and nutrition they need. To stay warm, birds will expend energy from their fat reserves very quickly, some losing up to 10% of their body weight on extremely cold nights, and this fat must be replaced every day.
Birds that use bird feeders normally obtain only about 20% of their daily calories from food offered in feeders; while the rest comes from natural food sources. In contrast, during periods of cold weather, your birds may use your feeders to load up on most of their calories as a means of survival.
Birds continue to need a source of water for drinking to maintain their metabolism during dry, cold weather. Clean feathers help birds stay warm, and a bird bath is often the only way for some birds to drink and keep their feathers in top condition when it’s cold.
Most birds adjust their feathers to create air pockets, which help them keep warm. The soft, fluffy down feathers are puffed up with air to create a warm blanket around the bird. The body feathers lie on top of each other, overlapping like shingles on a roof. Small interlocking barbules, or “hairs,” zip their feathers together to create an airtight windbreaker. Also, most birds preen their feathers with the oil produced by a gland on their backs near their tails to create a waterpoof rain coat. Research has shown that a chickadee with well-maintained feathers can create a 70° (F) layer of insulation between the outside air and its skin.
Birds need a place to escape the elements. Installing roosting and nesting boxes in your backyard can give birds a warm, dry place to stay overnight. Shelter is also necessary for protection against natural predators, such as birds of prey and cats.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is fun, simple, and beneficial to birds and science. It’s a study that helps better define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and habitat needs.
The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society and is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited and takes place February 12 – 15. Participants count birds in their backyards, local parks or other locations. Those tallies are then reported online through the GBBC web site. This links you with scientists, providing feedback through graphics, animated maps and other regularly-updated information.
Our Flying Start® Combo is the perfect way to attract birds to your yard for the GBBC. This is a great feeder and food combo that will help you discover which birds are in your backyard. With different foods for different birds, you'll see what birds are attracted to each food and which food is eaten faster or slower.
Great for any beginning bird feeding enthusiast, our Flying Start Combo contains a powder coated metal feeder, a Jim's Birdacious® Nutty for Nuts™ Stackable, a Naturally Nuts No-melt Suet Dough Stackable and a No-Mess Stackable. It's an all-in-one combo that attracts all the birds with seed, suet dough, nuts and fruit.
This is a great introductory feeder and food combo that will help you discover what birds are in your backyard. With different foods for different birds, you'll see what birds are attracted to each food and which food is eaten faster or slower.
Dimensions: 20" x 3½" x 6"