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Father’s Day Bird Fun Facts

Stop by the store today and ask our Certified Birdfeeding Specialists which foods and feeders are best for bird dads this season. Here are some fun facts about feathered fathers!

Father-of-the-Year Award

The Father-of-the-Year Award goes to the Downy Woodpecker. Though they share daytime nest duties with their mate, only the fathers incubate and brood at night and they roost in the nest until their offspring fledge.

Proud Provider

Chickadee and nuthatch dads feed Mom while she incubates and broods the eggs. Dad also helps feed the young once they have hatched.

Dad’s Favorite Diner

Downy Woodpecker and American Goldfinch dads like to take the family out to eat. When the young brood fledges from the nest, Dad leads them to great food sources as well as teaches them how to use his favorite backyard bird feeders.

Sharp Dressed Man

Ladies love a sharp-dressed man, even in the bird world. Only the most colorful, sharp-dressed House Finch and goldfinch males are preferred by their female counterparts. Carotenoids, a pigment found in foods that create red, orange and yellow to violet colors in feathers, help a potential dad communicate his reproductive fitness via a vibrant and bright plumage. It also shows females that he can be a good family provider knowing where to find quality food and lots of it.

It’s Good to be King

The White-breasted Nuthatch male gets a special protection detail. His mate is the “watchdog,” protecting her man from trouble, leaving him more time to concentrate on hunting for food. She rarely strays far from him and stays in constant vocal contact when more than a few yards apart.

On-the-Job Training

Pygmy and Brown-headed Nuthatches provide future dads with on-the-job training. A third of all breeding pairs of Pygmy Nuthatches have one to three male helpers, usually their own offspring or other relatives. Between 20-60% of breeding Brown-headed Nuthatch pairs have at least one helper. These helpers, which could be future moms too, assist in feeding the incubating female, the nestlings and the young fledglings.

Tool Time

Dads dig tools. Nuthatches, males and females, are one of the few species of birds known to use “tools.” The White-breasted Nuthatch has been known to use certain beetles as a tool by crushing ones that are stinky and sweeping them in and around their nest site to deter squirrels from their eggs and young. The Brown-headed Nuthatch will take a loose flake of pine bark in its bill and use it to pry up other scales of bark in search of prey.

He’s a Rock Star

Adult male Song Sparrows love to perform. They sing about six to twenty different melodies every eight seconds and may average over 2,300 songs during an entire day. The larger their repertoire of songs, the more successful they are in attracting a mate and in holding their territories.

A Family Man

Mourning Dove dads love to raise families. They may have up to six clutches per year, usually with two eggs per clutch. This is the most of any North American bird, most likely due to the fact that the average life span for an adult Mourning Dove is 1 ½ years.

K-I-S-S-I-N-G

The male Northern Cardinal ‘kisses’ his mate during courtship. He feeds her seeds while courting her and it appears they are kissing.

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Better Seed and Birds = Better Value

Better Seed and Birds = Better Value

Seed Cylinder on Dinner Bell FeederWild Birds Unlimited is dedicated to offering fresh, top-quality seed – the best in the market.

We believe your birds shouldn’t have to search through the fillers contained in most discount seed blends to find the food that they actually want. More importantly, we believe you shouldn’t have to pay for the fillers.

Our no-waste seed blends are made from 100% edible seed and have been exclusively formulated for the feeding preferences of the birds in our area. That means you only pay for fresh seed that will attract the kind of birds you want to see in your backyard.

So stop by the store this month for the best prices on the best bird food in town. You and your birds will enjoy our food more than what you might find at another store – we guarantee it.

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Come join our team!

Join the Wild Birds Unlimited Team!

Part-time Sales Associate Needed.
No, our Deena is not leaving!!

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Are you our next great employee?
The difference between Wild Birds Unlimited and other retailers goes far beyond what we sell. It’s who we are. Enthusiasm, professionalism, informed advice and superior customer service are the hallmarks of our staff.

We are seeking a Part-time Sales Associate with great retail and service skills. Working at the Wild Birds Unlimited Norman,OK store is an opportunity to support and educate our friendly customers about birds and nature.

Our Sales Associates work with other staff, including the owner, to bring to life the store’s mission – “We Bring People and Nature Together®…And We Do It With Excellence!” To that end, we provide training with regard to backyard bird feeding, bird watching and product knowledge.

Requirements:

  • Previous retail experience preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to lift and carry seed for our customers – a foundation of our service!
  • Will consider part-time applications that meet the needs of the business, but a flexible schedule and the ability to work weekends are required.

Our goal is to provide quality products, service, expertise and a high energy shopping experience. Help customers bring nature into their own backyards and lives. Come join our team! Please apply in person.

Sincerely,
Nancy LaTona
Wild Birds Unlimited of Norman OK
Brookhaven Village
3770 W. Robinson, Suite 104
Norman, OK  73072
wbunormanok@sbcglobal.net

www.wbu.com/norman
(405) 321-8686

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Quilling cards

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 We have a beautiful new greeting card collection. They are made by quilling. Quilling involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued together. Drop by and check them out.FullSizeRender

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Bats and their houses

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Bats have been the source of many myths and fears for many years. Dispelling these myths and fears is as simple as knowing the facts

North American bats are invaluable natural resources. As primary predators of night-flying insects, bats play a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature. A single little brown bat can catch hundreds of mosquitoes in an hour. Bats that frequent bat houses eat insects that could damage crops, such as cucumber and June beetles, stink bugs, leafhoppers and corn worm moths. Most likely to inhabit bat houses are little brown bats, big brown bats, eastern pipistrelle and the eastern long-eared bat.

Bat Facts

• Providing bat houses can help build the populations of many valuable bat species. Providing houses furnishes places for bats to roost, hibernate and raise young, in addition to, and when the natural sites are not available.

• Little Brown Bats, while hibernating can reduce their heart rate to 20 beats per minute and can stop breathing for 48 minutes at a time. Little Brown Bats can hibernate for more than seven months if left undisturbed.

• Desert eco systems rely on nectar feeding bats as primary pollinators of giant cacti.

• A nursing little brown bat mother can eat more than her body weight nightly (up to 4,500 insects).

• Less than 1% of bats contract rabies, and usually bite in self defense.

• A mother Mexican Free-tailed Bat can produce more than five times as much milk as an average Holstein cow.

• Almost 40% of American bat species are threatened or endangered.

• The loss of bats contributes to an imbalance in nature that helps cause increases in use of toxic pesticides that threaten our heath and environment.

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Bat Houses

Providing bat houses can help build the populations of many valuable bat species. Providing houses furnishes places for bats to roost, hibernate and raise young. This is, in addition to and when, natural sites are not available.

Most likely to inhabit bat houses are little brown bats, big brown bats, eastern pipistrelle and the eastern long-eared bat.

In the northern two thirds of the U.S. and Canada, most bats migrate south in the winter. Most bats that inhabit bat houses will move to caves, or mines. Tree roosting bats will fly south.

Bats find houses by sight. If a house in the proper location, meets the requirements and is needed, the bats will move in on their own.

The majority of bats that use houses are females using the house as nurseries.

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Bat House Placement

Bat boxes should be hung at least 15’ above the ground– the higher, the better. Research shows that they are more successful if they have at least 8 hours of sun. The morning sun is most important. Bat houses should face the south or southeast. In northern areas the top third of the house should be painted brown or black with a latex water base paint to aid in warming the box. In southern parts of the country, the boxes can be painted latex water base white, if there is too much direct sun. Bat houses mounted 20’ away from trees are inhabited twice as quickly as those in wooded areas.

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Feeding birds year round

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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:

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All about Raptors

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All About Raptors!
Saturday, May 30th(This Saturday!) 10am-11am
Deena will talk about identifying different hawks and owls in Oklahoma
Adult Classes are FREE. Reservations are a MUST. You can email us, call 321.8686, or let us know here on Facebook. If you are unable to attend, please let us know ASAP so that we can notify the next participant on our wait list.
Thank you!!

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Raptor class, and it’s free!

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Our next class will be Saturday May 30th. The class is Raptors and will include Oklahoma Hawks, Owls, and Eagles. Classes start at 10 am and last an hour. If you would like to sign up for this free class let us know here, call, or email us. Our number is 321-8686.

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Did you know…

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Did you know…The red of a male House Finch comes from pigments contained in its food during molt (birds can’t make bright red or yellow colors directly). So the more pigment in the food, the redder the male. This is why people sometimes see orange or yellowish male House Finches.

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Check out our new Aurora Water Wiggler

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The soft lighted glow of Aurora Water Wiggler makes a beautiful accent for your garden birdbath! Reduce the mosquito population and attract more birds! The Water Wiggler’s silent agitator runs 24 hours a day, creating continuous water ripples. Birds love moving water – and mosquitoes require stagnant water for egg-laying. Plus, the new Aurora Water Wiggler features a gradually changing rainbow of colors that casts a soft glow at night. Light turns on automatically at dusk, glows for three hours, then shuts off automatically. Operates on 2 D Batteries (not included).

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