Backyard Birding

  • Whether the cats in your yard are pets, strays or feral cats, they are a serious threat to wild birds. Cats have a natural instinct to hunt even if they are tame house cats. We have several suggestions to control cats and your backyard habitat to protect the birds.

    *** If you have a pet cat, keep it inside. If it must go outside, either keep them in an area where you don’t have bird feeders or supervise them. Putting a bell on their collar will also warn birds that they are in the area.

  • Heated bird baths can be deck mounted to make them easy to fill and at a good spot to watch the birds.

    Sometimes birds suffer more for lack of water than food in winter. While it would seem that winter bathing would put birds at risk, actually they can do it quite safely. This is because the feathers of a healthy bird shed most of the water, preventing it from leaking through to the insulating down and skin below. This is most obvious in ducks which paddle about in freezing water, but it also applies to land birds who can shed and shake water from their plumage.

  • Cheap bird seed is no bargain!

    Why do the prices change on some of the bird seed mixes?

  • On February 23, 1994, Congressman John Porter from Illinois, read the following resolution into the Congressional Record proclaiming February as National Bird Feeding Month:

  • Here at Birds Choice, we like to educate our customers on important bird feeding practices. On the top of the list is keeping the bird feeders clean. By doing this on a regular basis, about once a month, it is an easy task. Hoppers, fly-through feeders, nyjer and tube feeders should not need cleaning more than that and our Birds Choice feeders are designed to be easy to clean. Hummingbird and oriole feeders should be cleaned each time they are refilled. Cleaning bird feeders and birdbaths is a crucial practice in preventing the spread of disease between birds.

  • Millions of birds are killed each year from flying into windows. Now you can help prevent these collisions with a simple, easy to apply window decal.

    Birds Choice has static-cling decals that contains a component which brilliantly reflects ultraviolet sunlight. This ultraviolet light is invisible to humans, but glows like a stoplight for birds. WindowAlert decals help birds see windows and avoid striking the glass. To the human eye, the decals appear as frosted or etched glass. We also have a black silhouette of a hawk which keeps the birds from flying into the window.

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    Want to attract a wide variety of birds to your feeder this fall and winter? Our Seasonal Blend is the perfect choice! Birds Choice exclusive mix contains premium black oil sunflower, peanut pick-outs, hulled sunflower, and white prosso millet sure to attract your year round residents such as cardinals, black-capped chickadees, blue jays, goldfinches, purple finches, and juncos, if they are native to your area.

  • So you already have feeders and a source of water. What else can you do to welcome spring backyard birds? Shelter and habitat are high on the list at this time of year. A few well placed bird houses can make a big difference in how attractive your yard is to birds.

  • Hummers avoid feeders with spoiled nectar. Commercial nectars last longer, only needing to be changed once a week. Homemade nectar is just fine but needs changing at least every other day as the raw sugar ferments much quicker.

  • Fact! Hummingbirds are very acrobatic. They can fly forward, sideways, upside-down and backwards. They can also hover in mid-air.

    Fact! A hummingbird’s favorite color is red.

    Fact! Hummingbirds have very weak feet and can barely walk. They prefer to fly, and like to perch.

    Fact! A hummingbird can fly an average of twenty-five to thirty miles per hour and can dive up to sixty miles per hour.

  • No matter how it is offered, water will attract many birds to your yard. The key to having your birds comfortable to use the water in a bird bath, is to keep it shallow. Most birds prefer about 1 to 2 inches of water to bathe in. “When their feathers are soaked, they fly very poorly, and they instinctively know to watch for predators, and to head for the nearest shelter as soon as they’re finshed bathing.

  • Birds need your help!

    Populations of many kinds of birds are declining. Habitat loss and degradation, disease, collisions with man-made structures and a host of other factors contribute to these declines. You can help by turning your yard into a sanctuary for birds.

    Here are six steps you can take to make the future brighter for birds:

  • Like people, birds have different preferences about what, where, and how they like to eat. The Food Court at the mall attracts a crowd by offering several different food choices. Here’s how you can build a Food Court for the birds in your neighborhood -- attracting a greater variety of birds by providing a variety of foods in a variety of ways.