Saratoga Springs, New York

Lois Geshiwlm
Nancy Castillo

Lois Geshiwlm<br>Nancy Castillo

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Saratoga Springs, New York

Next to TJMaxx,
3084 Route 50, Suite 1
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Phone: (518) 226-0071
Fax: (518) 226-0253
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Store Hours:
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs - Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

Providing Food Now Will Help Later

During fall and winter, chickadees, nuthatches and titmice will hide food to retrieve and eat at a later time. This behavior is called "caching." Caching helps birds survive during bad weather and when food sources are low.

These birds store hundreds of seeds a day, and each seed is placed in a different location and they remember where each one is. They can find each site accurately even a month later!

By providing an easily accessible food source, you can help your chickadees, nuthatches and titmice with their caching needs. Below is a little more detail on some of your favorite birds' caching behaviors.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee


  • Chickadees cache seeds (in the shell and out), nuts, insects and other invertebrate prey
  • Food is typically cached within 130 feet from feeders
  • They cache more during the middle of the day
  • They may carry off several seeds at a time, but each item is stored in a separate location
  • Chickadees store food in knotholes, bark, under shingles, in the ground and on the underside of small branches

Red-breasted Nuthatch


  • Nuthatches prefer to cache hulled sunflower seeds because they are easier and faster to cache; they occasionally cache mealworms
  • They can be observed in the process of choosing heavier seeds (because they are larger or have a higher oil content)
  • Food is typically cached about 45 feet from feeders
  • Nuthatches' most active caching time is early in the day
  • They store food in bark crevices on large tree trunks and on the underside of branches

Tufted Titmouse


  • Titmice cache sunflower, peanuts and safflower
  • Food is typically cached by titmice within 130 feet from feeders
  • They cache one seed at a time and typically choose the largest seeds available
  • Titmice often remove seeds from their shell (80% of the time) before hiding them


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