We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
The Village at Waugh Chapel,
1304 Main Chapel Way
Gambrills, MD 21054
Phone: (410) 451-6876
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Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
We're happy to be the new owners! Please come by and say Hi!
In 1994, the United States Congress proclaimed February to be National Bird Feeding Month.
Backyard bird feeding is enjoyed by over 46 million North Americans. And while February is National Wild Bird Feeding Month, with the right provisions, people can enjoy a wide variety of backyard birds all year long. The average backyard is visited regularly by 15 or more different bird species.
People can increase the variety of birds that visit their backyards by providing the appropriate food in the right location.
There are three common backyard bird feeding categories: ground-feeding, elevated feeding and a combination of both. For example, goldfinches prefer to eat Nyjer® (thistle seed) from a tube feeder, whereas doves generally eat millet on the ground. Stop by the store and let us show you how you can attract feathered friends to your backyard!
Just as we rely on coats, hats and mittens to keep us warm in the face of winter's icy grip, birds employ a number of methods to survive the adversity of winter. And you can help!
Food is the most essential element, providing birds with the energy, stamina and nutrition they need. To stay warm, birds will expend energy very quickly, some losing up to 10% of their body weight on extremely cold nights. An ample supply of high-calorie foods such as black oil sunflower, insects and suet is crucial to a bird’s survival.
We can play a vital role, as feeding the birds becomes critical when extremely cold conditions occur. At these times, a supply of food can mean the difference between life and death for a bird.
Most birds will adjust their feathers to create air pockets that will help them keep warm. You will often notice the birds look fatter or "puffed up" during cold weather. This is because the birds are fluffing up their feathers; the more air space, the better the insulation.
Staying warm is not all about food and feathers though. Some birds perch on one leg at a time, drawing the free leg to their breast for warmth. Most birds will shiver for short term adjustments to the cold. Shivering converts muscular energy into heat for the short term, but the energy must be replenished shortly thereafter.
While birds are equipped to withstand most winter weather, survival can be made easier by providing food, a heated, open source of water and protection from the elements with natural plant cover or a roosting box.
Stop by the store today and let us show you which high-energy foods will help your birds brave the cold snap!