Preparing for Changing Seasons

Have you ever wondered why when winter comes to Nebraska some birds migrate to warmer climates, many as far south as the tropical forests of South America?  Yet other birds choose to remain in the Central Great Plains where the days are short and the nights are long and bitterly cold? Why do some birds…

Bird Feed and Bird Feeder Guide by Bird Species

Birds Of The Backyard Wild Bird Feed & Bird Feeder Guide Selecting the right food for the right feeder for the right bird Published by the Wild Bird Habitat Store BIRDS FOOD PREFERENCE FEEDER Northern Cardinal Sunflower, safflower, Nutra Safflower, peanuts, insects, cracked corn, white millet, melon seeds, raisins. Ground, platform or hopper feeders, tube…

About Nyjer Thistle Seed

Did you just purchase a bag of Nyjer thistle seed but you’re not attracting any finch to your thistle feeder? Caution must be taken to assure the thistle seed you purchase is fresh or the finch you are trying to attract will reject it. Nyjer thistle seed is imported from Ethiopia and India. When it…

Attracting Hummingbirds

The Ruby Throated Hummingbird arrives in the middle latitudes of the United States about the first of May and departs in October. If you live in an extensively wooded area or along a river, you may see them all summer long. Generally we can expect to have them most of May and then returning in…

Look After Your Bird Baths

The easiest way to clean a birdbath is to ensure it doesn’t get dirty. While all birdbaths will eventually need to be cleaned, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the need for frequent cleanings. When refilling the birdbath, dump out the stagnant water instead of just adding more. Position the birdbath away…

Attracting Bluebirds

As spring approaches, bluebirds will prepare to nest and explore their natural habitats in Nebraska and across the country. Three species of bluebirds are found in North America. The Eastern Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, and Western Bluebird. If you want to attract these beautiful ‘birds of happiness’ to your property, you should plan now to set…

Platform Bird Feeders

Platform Bird Feeders Continuing Wild Bird Habitat Store’s series on the “7 Basic Backyard Bird Feeders” to attract the largest variety of birds to your yard, our third bird feeder of the series is one of my favorites, the platform bird feeder. Platform bird feeders, also called tray feeders, are excellent for attracting a large variety of…

Ground Bird Feeder

When I opened the Wild Bird Habitat Stores in 1993, there weren’t any commercially produced ground bird feeders on the market. At first, I just tossed wild bird feed on the ground for those birds that fed primarily on the ground. That included Mourning Doves, towhees, native sparrows, and juncos. Occasionally wood thrush and thrashers…