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Many of our blog topics come directly from daily conversations with customers. We often get the question about Robins being here in great numbers during the winter months. Why do we have so many Robins right now? Robins that are north of us during the spring and summer months fly south in the fall where many will settle here. Most of our spring-summer Robins are probably year round residents. So, between our year round residents and the migratory population our numbers expand significantly. Each winter you can expect to see greater numbers of the American Robin in this area. There have been flocks estimated to be nearly a million at night time roosting sites in the Nashville area.
Tip: Don’t park your car there.
How do birds survive extremely cold nights? Where do they go? There is a lot to the answers to these simple questions. It’s not easily explained in just a couple of paragraphs. We’ve provided a link to an article written by my favorite nature author, Bernd Heinrich. It is definitely worth reading if you’ve ever wondered how birds survive extreme cold. One interesting strategy for keeping warm at night is employed by the Ruffed Grouse, which actually burrows under the snow where it is insulated from the extremely cold air above the snow’s surface, which may get down to -25 degrees at night. In its snow chamber its body heat will work to its advantage. Click here to read the full article
Owls are likely breeding, or on nest by now. Great horned, Barred, and Screech owls are all earlier nesters than songbirds. The Barred owl is our most common owl and most and widespread in North America. It takes about 30 days of incubation for an owl’s egg to hatch and up to 40 days for a baby owl to fledge. Screech owls are the most likely to accept a man-made nest box, although recently a customer has seen evidence of a Barred owl using a home-made constructed box.
Don’t forget the Great Backyard Bird Count started today and is going through the 18th. For more information visit their website gbbc.birdcount.org and stop by the warner park nature center tomorrow from 10am till noon and participate in the count with them.
Our big February sale is going on through February 23rd. Stop in and save on all things bird feeding and all seed is on sale too! Buy extra while it’s on sale and store it at the Wood Thrush.
Happy Friday all!
We’ve had two days in a row of fantastic sunshine but it appears we may have another warm up Monday giving way to a 30 degrees drop on Tuesday with snow. We’re stocked up with plenty of feed so keep your feathered and furred friends in mind. Remember to be extra aware of the birds at your feeders during “wintery” weather. This tends to be when the more unusual birds appear. Brown Creeper, Kinglets, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped warblers, and Bluebirds may show up for suet, peanuts, or shelled sunflower.
In the coming weeks as you come in for seed you will likely see some changes in the appearance of your usual bag. We are trying out a new seed company. Not to worry, though, as we are confident they are going to supply us with the same quality you have come to expect from The Wood Thrush Shop. In fact we have been impressed with the quality and service thus far and received some positive feedback from customers who’ve tried the new brand.
The reason for this change is due to the weekly nightmare we’ve experienced receiving our seed from Des Moines, IA via freight. Practically every week we see lots of broken bags (as many as 30 in one load), and sometimes partial loads have actually been lost. Years of absorbing losses and trying to work this out with the seed company and freight people unsuccessfully has precipitated the need for change.
And our mealworm customers will see a different container with their next purchase. We have moved away from styro cups and plastic lids to a durable, biodegradable, container. These containers will last a long time and as always we encourage you to bring them back for refills.
We hope everyone has a fun and safe Labor Day weekend. If you need bird feeding supplies don’t forget to stop by on Friday or Saturday. The Wood Thrush Shop will be closed Monday September 3rd. We will re-open on the 4th at normal hours.
Things are starting to slow down a bit at seed feeders, so I thought it would be a good time to revisit some old blog posts that are still very relevant for this time of year with the upcoming fall migration. Click on the linked title of each blog post to see the entire post.