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

THE SHOPPES AT WILTON
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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COMMON REDPOLL
Click on "OPEN ARTICLE" to read our article about Common Redpolls in the Nov/Dec '11 BirdWatcher's Digest

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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.

Blackbirds

Solving Blackbird, Grackle, and Starling Problems

Sometimes you just have too many blackbirds, whether of the blackbird, grackle, or starling variety. They can eat more than their share of food and chase other birds away. However, there are several solutions to keep these birds from monopolizing feeders.

The Right Food

Many birds will sweep through seed blends to find the seed they want to eat. Uneaten seed gets tossed to the ground. By offering the right blend for the feeding situation, you can reduce the mess that accumulates below the feeder and eliminate the problem birds that hang around the area.

Try offering:

  • SAFFLOWER SEED. It's a small, white seed that is high in protein and fat. Many of your favorite birds will readily eat safflower; blackbirds, like starlings and grackles, typically do not.

Avoid offering:

  • discount blends with cereals and fillers, such as wheat, oats, barely, milo and flax seed. These just end up in a pile under feeders.
  • corn, especially cracked corn. Blackbirds and starlings love it.

Feeder Solutions

Although adding a tray to the bottom of a seed tube or finch feeder will minimize mess, it allows larger birds, like grackles and starlings, to dine easily. Deter larger birds from visiting your existing feeder by adding an On-Guard™ wire mesh cage.

Our On-Guard solutions are designed to allow smaller birds access but prevent grackles and starlings from reaching the food in a feeder. We offer a variety of cages that easily fit on our seed tube, finch, peanut, suet, and cylinder feeders.

Solution Feeders

We offer a variety of feeders that help you feed only the birds you want.

  • Upside-down Suet Feeders - Suet feeders hung upside down allow birds to feed from below, a comfortable practice for woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees and other clinging birds but difficult for starlings and grackles. We have a variety to choose from including EcoTough versions and a log version.
  • Dinner Bell™ feeder - Use this versatile feeder to offer a number of different foods. The Dinner Bell's adjustable dome can be raised and lowered to allow access for smaller birds only.
  • The Eliminator™ and Fundamentals Squirrel-proof feeders. Both of these feeders are weight-sensitive and will close off access to the food when heavier visitors, such as squirrels, grackles, as well as pigeons and most doves, sit on a perch.

 

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Last Tuesday was fledge day for one of our chickadee boxes. Here's a nestling getting fed by parents, who also offer encouraging "fee-bee" calls, but this little one is not quite ready to go!

Posted by Wild Birds Unlimited - Saratoga Springs NY on Monday, June 22, 2015