The Right Seed for Summer
Though the temperature is rising, our seed prices are falling. Shop now and save on the best bird food
July 2 - 11 on Select Seeds of Summer*
- 20lb WBU No-Mess Blend
- 20lb Safflower
- 10lb and 20lb WBU Finch Blend
Summer is one of the busiest bird feeding seasons of the year. Birds like goldfinches, cardinals and woodpeckers are very busy nesting and raising young. Having a reliable food source full of protein, fats and calcium improves their nesting success and helps them to grow new feathers during post-nesting molting.
Our foods are chosen by your local expert and formulated to care for your birds. They contain no cereal fillers, just the ingredients your birds love. Make every trip to the feeder count!
*Valid only at Wild Birds Unlimited Guelph. One discount per purchase. Offer not valid on previous purchases. Offer valid in-store only. While supplies last.
Native Plants NOW 20% OFF - Gardeners Choice or 3 for $10.
Mix and Match the Plants you Want!*
Choose from the following plants:
- Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis),
- Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica),
- Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis).
For plant details click here.
- Swamp Milkweed (Asciepias incarnata)
- New England Aster (Symphyotrichum norval-angliae)
- Scarlet Bee Balm (monarda didyma).
For plant details click here.
Attract Pollinators to Your Yard
Wildlife habitat gardens can support twice as much wildlife as conventional lawns or ornamental non-native plant gardens. Many pollinator populations are in decline, due to the loss of natural habitats and native plantings along with the impact of pesticide use. You can help pollinators survive and flourish by creating a pollinator-friendly environment in your yard.
Mason bees are all the buzz as an incredibly effective, native pollinator and are among the easiest bees to raise in your yard, while also being the safest due to their gentle nature.
Unlike honey bees, mason bees carry pollen on their bellies rather than on their hind legs, which helps to make them highly efficient pollinators. A single mason bee will visit between 1,600 to 2,400 blossoms daily, and pollinate over 90% of them. A female visits an average of 75 flowers per foraging trip.
Mason bees lay their eggs in tunnel nests that are constructed in abandoned holes created by wood-boring insects, hollow plant stems or artificial houses and tubes. Although mason bees are solitary, they are often gregarious and will nest near other mason bees. When building their nests, female mason bees use clay to build partitions and to seal the tunnel entrance. This unique mud-building behavior is what led to the name “mason” bee.
Mason bees are not aggressive towards people. You can watch them work without fear of being stung. Mason bees are metallic blue, black or green in color and about the same size as a house fly. There are 140 species of mason bees in North America. Visit our store to learn what you can do to cultivate pollinators in your yard. Planting native plants is one of the 7 Simple Actions you can take to help Save Our Song Birds! Mason Bee Houses and native plants help to support pollinators in your garden.
Young Bird Fledglings Experience Life Away from the Nest
This summer, parents across the country will spend countless hours with their children, taking them to places they’ve never seen before. The same can be said for the millions of wild bird families that will be introducing their young fledglings to a whole new world of experiences.
People who only feed the birds during the winter miss out on many fun and fascinating wild bird "family" activities. By mid-spring and throughout much of the summer, fledglings leave the nest and continue to be fed by their parents, while also being taught to eat from feeders. Watching this fun and fascinating activity is one of the true payoffs of the bird feeding hobby.
Here are some characteristics and behaviors to look for when watching these fledgling birds as they begin to leave the nest:
- Fledglings are about the same size as adults, but often their plumage color is muted and similar to adult females.
- In some species, fledglings' tails are shorter than the adults', because the tail feathers are still growing. A recent research study demonstrated that supplemental bird feeding provides a direct nutritional benefit that supports higher-quality feather growth for birds like these fledglings.
- You can recognize Downy and other woodpecker fledglings by their fresh and dapper plumage, whereas that of the adults is worn and dusky from their repeated trips in and out of the nest hole.
- Chickadee fledglings follow their parents to the bird feeder and perch nearby as the parents go to get food. They either wait, looking like they are waiting to be served, or they call incessantly "teeship teeship" and flutter their wings until fed.
- After one to three weeks, the parents stop feeding their fledglings and may even peck at them if they persist in begging for food.
- Some foods are better than others for new fledglings. Insects are highly favored, so mealworms are attractive to parents feeding young. Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® and Bark Butter Bits are also excellent as they are highly nutritious, easily carried, and easily swallowed.
It’s a perfect time to be seasonally savvy with your bird foods. Stop by the store and we'll help you pick out the the high protein and high fat foods that will help to get your neighborhood fledglings off to a strong start.
What to Do if You See a Baby Bird
A fledgling is a baby bird that has its initial flight feathers and has left the nest but still being cared for by its parents. It might not be very good at flying just yet and can be seen hopping on the ground while it explores the world beyond the nest.
At this time of year many calls come in asking what to do about the baby bird on the ground in the yard. Although intentions are good, most of the time the best course of action is to leave the bird alone. It can be amazing just to watch them explore, follow their parents around and learning all about the local bird diners! If you are concerned, have found a baby bird but don't know what to do this handy chart from the Mass Audubon Society can help.