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Wood Thrush Shop News and Updates

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.

25lb. black oil sunflower.

25lb. black oil sunflower.

50lb. black oil sunflower.

50lb. black oil sunflower.

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.

New biodegradable mealworm containers.

New biodegradable mealworm containers.

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February is National Birdfeeding Month so look for emails pertaining to a sale. If you’re not already taking part in Project Feeder Watch you may find it interesting and fun and something to do in February. Visit for more info.

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.