Bats of Oklahoma class

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Bats of Oklahoma

This Saturday, April 18th     10am-11am
 
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. 
To reserve your seat, call (405) 321.8686, respond on this blog, email or let us know on Facebook. 
As always, adult classes are FREE! Reservations are a MUST. As a courtesy to those on our waiting list, if you are unable to attend, please let us know at your earliest convenience.
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The hummingbirds are back in Oklahoma!

Hummingbirds eating fresh nectar.

Hummingbirds eating fresh nectar.

Oh happy day! According to Hummingbirds.net the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are in central Oklahoma. Here at the store our Nyjer® seed and Finch Blend sale ends today. However, when you come in and buy a Wild Birds Unlimited Hummingbird Feeder you can get a hummingbird pole for $5. What a great way to kick off hummingbird season! Please let us know when you see your first hummers…It is soooo exciting! This new sale ends April 11, 2015, and while supplies last.

http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

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Eye-catching rain chains

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Spring showers may bring beautiful flowers but these rain chains will brighten any day! We have a delightful selection of eye-catching polished copper rain chains. They are handcrafted in stunning Old World style with superior workmanship. The copper finish develops a natural patina over time, adding to the character and charm of these amazing chains.

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Goldfinch

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Bird Trivia: The American Goldfinch molts all its body feathers each spring. This molt requires a large amount of nutrients and energy which probably diminishes their ability to nest earlier in the season. (They usually start nesting in late July or early August.)

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Seed and Suet Cylinders on sale now

Seed and Suet Cylinders are an easy and quick way to feed the birds.
We are now going to make it even easier for you…Save 15% on our Seed Cylinders and Cylinder Feeders-Now through 3/21/15, Don’t Miss the Savings!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX1FEwY4la0

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Monarchs on the move

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A Monarch laying her eggs.

Monarchs spend the winter in Mexico; then in March, they begin their yearly migration northward. Follow this link for more information and beautiful photos.

http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/monarch-butterflies/3/

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Monarch caterpillar

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Eastern Bluebird houses

Bluebird houses

Because bluebirds lack a strong bill to excavate a cavity for nesting, they depend on finding the used cavities of other birds or man-made houses. Bluebird populations had declined steadily over the years due to habitat loss. But, thanks to man-made houses, they are making a comeback. Our Wild Birds Unlimited bluebird boxes are designed with the birds in mind. They are designed for easy monitoring of the nest. The top can be lifted for viewing without disturbing the nestling and for easy photography.

(It is not recommended to open the box day 12 or after as this may cause fledglings to leave the nest too early.) The side is easily opened at the end of the nest season for cleaning. It important to clean out old nesting material that may harbor parasites.

Mounting Bluebird Boxes

Bluebird boxes need to be kept away from shrubs and tree lines (100 ft or more). Face the box away from prevailing winds (facing south) and mount boxes approximately 5 feet high.

Have boxes up by February (southern areas) and by March in northern areas.

Bluebirds have been known to roost during colder months in nesting boxes and can be attracted to roosting boxes.

If swallows compete for the nest site, place another box near the first (15 to 25 feet from the original house). Swallows will help keep other swallows away from both boxes. In areas where there are violet green swallows and tree swallows along with bluebirds, place three houses, one for each species. They seem to tolerate overlapping territories of other species, but not their own.

One important item to mention to customers is that sparrows and wrens may try to take over a bluebird nesting box. They may make it to the bluebird box first or they may try to force the bluebirds out. English House Sparrows are notorious for breaking bluebird eggs and even killing the hatchlings. If customers are warned that this could be a possibility, they may not be as disappointed if it does happen. The only way to help reduce this possibility is to make sure the house is mounted away from the edge of trees or away from human dwellings and to clean out sparrow nests regularly (sparrow nests are sloppy and frequently fill the box).

Bluebird Facts

• It takes two to five days for female to complete nest.

• Females build the nest alone. Males will carry nesting material during courtship.

• Nests are light and airy, consisting of fine grass or pine needles, hair and maybe a few feathers, with a small cup shape in the center.

• Possible parasites are blowfly larvae which can seriously weaken nestlings.

• Pesticides; (pyrethrins or rotenone or any others), are not recommended as bluebirds are thin skinned and sensitive to toxins. Diatomaceous Earth can be placed under the nest. This will cause the larvae to sustain cuts which help to dehydrate their bodies.

• Old material may be partially removed by bluebirds. It is best to clean out old nests for the birds.

• Bluebirds may come and go during several weeks before completing one nest.

Studies are finding that the male from the first brood will come back to help feed the young (usually female) of the second brood.

• Swallows have been known to help bluebirds raise their young and then use the nest box once the bluebirds have fledged.

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