Bird Feeders, Bird Seed, Backyard Supplies and Bird Houses in Macon Georgia - The Bird Store

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As more land is used to accommodate the ever-growing human population, yards become important bird habitat. Diversified landscaping and feeding stations offer an oasis of resources for your backyard wildlife.

One fun aspect of feeding birds is learning what birds are visiting your backyard. Look for these physical characteristics to help identify birds: size, body shape, colors, markings, beak shape, feet and wing shape in flight. Find a good guide book, such as, Petersons Field Guide to Eastern Birds, to help you identify the birds.

One of the most important aspects is the type of food offered to the wild birds. The widest variety of food sources ensures the widest variety of birds. Ensure that your bird feeder is kept clean. Old seed left in the feeder will not attract wild birds. Not only is the food type important, but the time period you feed and the consistency of feeding is key as well.

What seed is best for songbirds?

Many people new to feeding birds put more thought into the bird feeder than in the bird seed. The saying "you get what you pay for" applies just as much to different bird seed blends. Major discount stores are primarily interested in profit and volume sales.  Therefore they sell cheaper blends with generally more filler seeds and less of the seeds birds desire.  I can list what you should be looking for in mixes to attract the most songbirds and get the more for your money.

  1. Black oil sunflower attracts the most songbirds over any other seed.  If you buy a seed mix, black oil should be the main seed in that mix.
  2. White proso millet is the second most desirable seed.  Other seeds in mixes may include safflower, nut seeds, canary seed and cracked corn.  You are wasting money if you buy "wild bird" mixes which contain mostly wheat and milo as "filler" seeds.  Wild songbirds do not eat grain seeds, however you may be attracting many blackbirds with these mixes. They do grow a nice patch of grass under your feeder if that is desirable.

At The Bird Store we carry quality bird seed mixes.  Cole's Wild Bird Seed never puts any filler seeds in their blends.  You will get more birds and no seeds left behind on the ground or clogging up your feeders. 

  • Blue Ribbon Blend- The best mix for the price.
  • Special Feeder-Full of sunflower with peanut, pecans, and safflower seed
  • Blazing Hot Blend- Same as Blue Ribbon with a hot sauce added to deter mammals.

Aspects feeder with ant trap/bee proof design

Hummingbird information

The Ruby throated hummingbird is the most common hummingbird we see in the southeast US.  The adult males arrive about the middle of March and hummingbirds stay until the end of October.  There is usually a flurry of activity as the birds pass through our area and then you may not see many for a while.  The people who live in the prime nesting areas will see more birds and see them earlier.  Most of us may not see much activity until the first of July.  By then the hummingbirds are through nesting and the young birds and adults are showing up at area feeders in bigger numbers.  The key during slow months is to keep the nectar fresh and feeders clean. Commercial nectar is available or you can mix your own.  The proper ratio is one part sugar to four parts water. Do not use artificial sweeteners or honey.  Food coloring is not necessary.

Suggestions for attracting the most hummingbirds...

  1. Put out more smaller feeders instead of 1 large feeder.  Hummingbirds tend to want to dominate a food source and will have a harder time defending multiple feeders.  As you attract more birds they are more likely to feed together.
  2. Ants and bees can be a problem for hummingbird feeding.  There are feeder styles available today that discourage both . Ants traps can be purchased to keep sugar ants out of your feeders.  Many of the better feeders are bee proof and some come with built in ant traps.
  3. Plant shrubs and flowers that bloom in the summer months when hummingbirds are most active.  Hummingbirds visit flowers for nectar and insects.  The nectar is an energy source, the insects provide protein and nutrients.

Attracting and Feeding Bluebirds

Bluebirds nest in middle Georgia from March thru July.  It is possible to have up to three nesting pair per year in your backyard.  Putting up a suitable bluebird nesting box would be the first item in attracting bluebirds.  A well constructed box of cedar or other desirable wood with an opening of 1 and 1/2 inch, 6 inches off the box floor is best.  I encourage customers to get a box that opens from the front orBB3 Nest Box side for viewing the nesting process and cleaning.  Old nesting material should be removed after each nesting cycle.  A bluebird nest is usually constructed with pine straw.  The female will choose which nest box she prefers and when the nest is completed, will lay an egg a day in the cavity.  The eggs take 14 to 18 days to hatch and baby birds are fed constantly during daylight hours and will fledge in about two weeks.  The whole nesting process takes only four to five weeks. 

Feeding mealworms during the nesting process has become extremely popular.  The advantages are more successful nesting and more broods per year.  Bluebirds are very attentive when they know you are the provider.  They can be quite tame and may even allow hand feeding.  Many different feeders are available for dispensing the worms.  Mealworms are also available live, dried and canned. As more commercial feed blends have added sunflower meats (shelled sunflower) bluebirds and other typically insect eaters have been seen at bird seed feeders. 

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The Bird Store
5982 Zebulon Road
Macon, GA 31210
Phone: (478) 757-0730

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