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Bird Moms

Robin with BabiesA new generation of birds will soon be entering the world and the food and housing we provide can make a significant difference on how well they will thrive and survive in our own backyards.

Recent research studies have shown that bird moms with access to bird feeders will often lay their eggs earlier than those without feeders. This is significant because earlier broods typically have better rates of survival and fledging success than later ones.

Feeders also allow breeding birds to spend less time searching for food and more time selecting better nesting sites and constructing higher quality nests. The adults will also have more time available for protecting their nest, eggs and young from predators.

When abundant, quality food is accessible to parent birds it means that more food is provided to their chicks. Studies have shown that this extra nutrition reduces aggression among nest siblings and increases their rate of growth.

But food is not the only key in helping birds to nest successfully in your yard. A properly designed and installed nesting box can make a significant improvement in nesting success, especially during extreme periods of cold and damp weather.

Now is the time to take action for the next generation of birds in your yard. Drop by the store for all the products and expert advice you need to get started or update your offering.

 

It’s Worth the Risk for Mom

As you read this, millions of birds are on the most hazardous journey of their lives as they migrate north to nest.

Long migrations are deadly for birds. It is estimated that about half of all migrating birds do not survive the annual round trip.

Hummingbird BabiesThe hazards they face include bad weather, predators, exhaustion over water, collisions with towers and buildings, and starvation due to the lack of suitable stopover habitat along the way.

So why take the chance? Why would a bird that has all the necessities of life in the tropics subject itself to all of the dangers of flying north in the first place?

It all has to do with giving their nestlings the best odds for starting their lives.

It’s worth the journey to the northern hemisphere as it has much more land mass than the wintering grounds in the southern hemisphere. Millions of birds have more space in which to spread out and establish larger nesting territories that offer less competition for food and a better chance of avoiding detection by predators.

In addition, as the birds migrate north, the hours of sunlight per day grow longer. This advantage allows birds to make many more feeding trips to their young every day. The young grow faster, leave the nest earlier, thus shortening the dangerous nesting period.

So for mother birds, this dangerous migration has evolved into a risk worth repeating for the good of their young and their species as a whole.

Visit us soon. We have all of the expert advice and quality products that will give the nesting moms in your yard a helping hand that will make the risks of migration even more worthwhile.

 

Many Wild Birds Head North as
Part of Spring Migration

As the trees begin to bud and the first flowers nose their way out of the ground, the internal clocks of many North American songbirds send a message that it’s time to head north.

More than 300 bird species found in the United States and Canada spend the winter in the lush forests of Mexico and South and Central America. As the seasons change, they know it’s time to travel to their summer breeding grounds, where they’ll find the right food and nesting materials to bring a new brood into the world.

Many of these trips span more than 7,000 miles and some involve flying nonstop over the Gulf of Mexico. And without a compass or other navigational tools, it’s believed that many birds find the right course by orienting their route to the positions of the stars. Others seem to be sensitive to the earth’s magnetic field.

Backyard bird feeders enjoy each spring’s migration, because it brings a wide variety of species to their feeders. Throughout their journey, migrating birds are on the lookout for places to rest and refuel. Some may stay in an area for a few days while they prepare to travel farther north. Others might drop in for a quick nibble and drink before taking flight again.

By providing a source of fresh water and food and having a backyard habitat that gives birds plenty of places where they can rest out of the reach of predators, birds will be able to build up the energy they need for successful migration.

Many backyard bird feeders keep a list of all the species that have visited their yards. By varying the food that’s available in your yard, you can attract different species.

 

Spring & Summer Feeding

 

Over 100 North American bird species supplement their natural diets with bird seed, suet, fruit and nectar obtained from feeders.

Access to abundant and healthy food supplies is important to birds…regardless of the season. Bird feeders provide a portion of these important nutritional needs for your backyard birds throughout the year.

Birds with access to backyard feeders benefit greatly from their ability to spend less time foraging for food and more time engaging in activities that enhance their health and safety. These activities can include:

  • Feeders allow breeding birds to spend less time searching for food and more time selecting better nesting sites and constructing higher quality nests. Adults will also have more time available for protecting their nest, eggs and young from predators.
  • Research studies have shown that birds with access to bird feeders will often lay their eggs earlier than those without feeders. This is significant because earlier broods typically have better rates of survival and fledging success than later broods.
  • When abundant food is accessible to parent birds, it means that more food is provided to their chicks. This extra nutrition can increase the nestling’s rate of growth and reduce aggression among nest siblings.
  • Access to bird feeders allow breeding females to spend less time foraging which leads to better protection of eggs from predators, earlier fledging of the nestlings and higher survival rates of the brood.
  • Birds are very vulnerable to predators while searching for food, the distraction of foraging results in a reduced ability to focus on dangers and threats from predators. Less time spent foraging means more time spent being vigilant in spotting a predator in time to successfully evade it.
  • Feeding your birds in the summer will not make them too lazy, too dependent or keep them from migrating at the appropriate time. These misconceptions have been dispelled by modern research and observation.
  • Contrary to popular belief, recent research shows summer to be the most abundant season for birds to visit feeders.

The food and housing we provide can make a significant difference on how well birds will thrive and survive in our own backyards:

 

The Early Stages of a Bird’s Life

There are numerous ways to help your adult and baby birds throughout nesting season.

Bluebird Eggs

Egg Stage

  • Offer calcium-added foods, such as WBU Plus Blends and WBU Calcium Care™ and PB&J No-melt Suet, to help promote stronger eggs and bones for mother birds and their babies.
  • Use thick-walled nesting boxes (wood: at least ¾" thick; recycled plastic: at least ½" thick) to help protect birds and their eggs from extreme outside temperatures.
Bluebirds Nesting

Nestling Stage

  • Continue to offer calcium-added foods to help supplement or replace the calcium females lose during egg production.
  • Use a predator guard over the nesting box hole to help keep critters from disturbing your nesting birds. Most of our nesting boxes have built-in predator guards.
  • If you pole-mount your nesting box, be sure to place a raccoon baffle just below the box to keep squirrels, raccoons, cats and other animals away.
Bluebird Fledgling

Fledgling Stage

  • Protein is essential for body and feather growth, so offer high-protein foods, such as mealworms, peanuts, Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® and Nutty for Nuts™.
  • Create brush piles that provide shelter for fledgling birds.
  • Provide a reliable source of water so fledglings can stay hydrated and keep their young feathers in top-flight condition.