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!

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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.

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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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How to attract Eastern Bluebirds to your yard

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The Eastern Bluebird

The Eastern Bluebird is a year round bird here in Oklahoma. It is a blue-colored thrush with a round head and a plump body. Bluebirds are most often seen on the edge of town and in the open country and fields. They feed on small insects that include caterpillars, grasshoppers and spiders. They also eat a variety fruit as well.

Some ways to attract Bluebirds to your yard is to offer mealworms and fruit in a small dish feeders. Bluebirds prefer live mealworms over dried ones. Mealworms are really not worms, they are not slimy, but they can be very active and wiggly. Their movement is what will attract the Bluebirds to your Bluebird feeder. Mealworms are the larval stage of the flightless Darkling Beetle.

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Cute little mealworms.

     A slick sided feeder works best with the live mealworms. They will not be able to craw out of this type of feeder. Usually people will feed the mealworms twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Generally people will put a tablespoon or so out at each feeding. The types of fruits you can offer include; blueberries, cranberries, softened raisins and cherries. The fruit needs to be cut up in small bite size pieces. Another food that the Bluebirds love is Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® Bits. They are round suet bits that the Bluebirds go crazy over. It is a good source of fat and protein as well.

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Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® Bits

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Fresh clean water is another way to attract Bluebirds to your yard.

Bluebirds (and all birds for that matter) need a fresh source of water.  Bird baths are great way to offer the water. By adding a water wiggler or a dripper/mister to your bird bath, you increase the chance of seeing the Bluebirds.

Bluebirds are a cute bird that can be a source of entertainment for you and your family.  For additional information about Eastern Bluebirds feel free to drop by our store at 3770 W Robinson St, Suite 104, Norman, Oklahoma. We are open 10am-6:30 pm M-F and 9am-6:30 am on Saturdays. Our phone number is (405) 321 8686, please feel free to give us a call as well.

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Right Bird, Right House

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Happy chilly Monday!
Our class on Saturday was a lot of fun!
Our next class, Right Bird, Right House, will be March 7th (in less than 2 weeks), We will talk about the birds that use houses and how to be a great landlord. We will also cover the ‘must have’ features of a good quality bird house. Bring your questions and we will answer them all. Classes are from 10-11am and are for adults. Call, email or Facebook us your reservation, 321-8686 is our number…See you soon.

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New products at Wild Birds Unlimited

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We are so excited…Check out some of our newest items…Pictured here is a pole adapter for our Squirrel Buster Plus and the Eliminator feeders (The best squirrel proof feeders!). This will allow you to have your squirrel proof feeder on top of your pole system. Also pictured is the weather guard that fits on the Squirrel Buster Plus and Eliminator. This will help keep our feathered friends dry during the snow and rain. Drop by and check out these awesome products.

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Duck, duck, goose!

Duck, duck, goose…It’s not just a kids game, it is also the name of our class on Saturday. We will be identifying and talking about the most popular ducks that are seen here in Oklahoma. What’s the difference between a dabbling and a diving duck?…Come find out on Saturday! Call, email, or Facebook your reservation. Our number is 405-321-8686.DSCN9962

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