great back yard bird count

Cold Weather Topics

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 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.

Click here to see more on the sale!

The Great Backyard Bird Count

We are only a week away from the great backyard bird count. You can contribute to the count by counting birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 16-19, 2018, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish! For more information on the GBBC and how to sign up CLICK HERE to go to their page.

For more info on local birding events going on through the month of February check out our February is national bird feeding month blog post

Also don't forget about our big national bird feeding month sale going on the whole month of February at The Wood Thrush Shop. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON OUR SALE

Happy birding!


Local Birding News: February is national bird feeding month.

February is National Bird Feeding Month and to celebrate The Wood Thrush Shop will be having a store wide sale on all things bird feeding, bird attracting, and birdwatching.   Sale details to come out next week.

Other bird related things going on in February include….

Winter Bird Banding at Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy 100.  February 3rd stop by between 9 a.m. and noon to witness licensed bird banders as they research winter birds in our area.  The BIRD team will discuss the winter banding project and what they learn through banding.  Seeing wild birds up close gives you a whole different perspective of these fascinating creatures.  No registration required. 

The Dr. Ed Gleaves Memorial Bird Walk

Dr. Gleaves volunteered at the Warner Park Nature Center for 15 years and was an avid birdwatcher as well as a long time customer of The Wood Thrush Shop.  Join experienced birders Chris Sloan and Heather Gallagher for a winter bird walk.  You may register at

The Great Backyard Bird Count.

Take part in this annual event conducted by the Audubon Society.  Feb 16 through Feb 19 count the numbers and species of birds visiting feeding stations in your yard.  Help Cornell with their research by contributing your data.  For more information visit

You may also be interested in Project Feederwatch by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America.  Project Feederwatch begins in November and concludes in April.  For more information visit

Woodcock walk

One of Mother Nature’s spectacular courtships takes place in late winter. Woodcocks are known for the unique flight-display of males during breeding season. Join naturalist Chris Guerin Thursday, February 20th, 5:00-6:30pm for an evening of woodcock watching at Bells Bend Outdoor Center. For more information visit Bells Bend Outdoor Center. Age level: 13+ Call 615-862-4187 to register.