All About Feeding Suet

Suet is rendered animal fat. The rendering of the animal fat kills bacteria preventing the suet from becoming rancid. This animal fat is what attracts the woodpeckers and other birds to the suet feeder. It’s a great supplement for birds that flourish on insects. Feeding birds suet was traditionally a way to provide a high…

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…

MIGRATION OF THE SANDHILL CRANES – A world class event

If the calls of the Sandhill Cranes, or the sound of flocks of Snow Geese overhead, send a tingle down your back and gives you goosebumps – then you have the onset of spring bird migration fever. Once you’ve witnessed the Sandhill Crane migration and heard those calls it will lure you back again and…

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…

Winter Bird Feeding Tips

Due to frigid temperatures, birds need to consume more food on a daily basis in winter. They have little body fat to store the energy they need to keep warm and move about. And when the temperatures plummet into the single digits and below they are often only 36 hours from starvation. A high fat diet…

THE HAWK IN MY BACKYARD

Published by the Wild Bird Habitat Stores Swoosh! Out of the corner of my eye a blur of feathers catapults across my backyard powered by stiff, rapid wing beats. Blue Jays immediately sound the alarm. Their calls alert all the birds that haven’t yet taken flight or headed for cover as they bolt for safety….

Seven Basic Backyard Bird Feeder Series

Dave of the Wild Bird Habitat Stores published a series about the 7 Basic Backyard Bird Feeders. These different types of bird feeders will help you attract the largest variety of birds to your backyard. Birds have different feeding characteristics, and each of these bird feeders are designed to attract specific groups of birds. And…

HOW TO FOCUS BINOCULARS

Central focusing binoculars have three moveable adjustment.
1. The first is called the interpupillary adjustment which means adjusting the barrels so the binoculars fit to the users particular eyespan. Begin by moving the eyepieces closer together or farther apart until they are comfortably in front of your eyes.

2. The second adjustment takes place at the center wheel, the focusing knob that moves both eyepieces at the same time. However since there is often a difference between the user’s two eyes a third adjustment is available to correct that difference.