We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
20381 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Phone: (313) 881-1410
Fax: (313) 881-2008
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Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Free parking available at rear of store.
This summer, parents across the country will spend countless hours with their children, taking them to places they’ve never seen before. The same can be said for the millions of wild bird families that will be introducing their young fledglings to a whole new world of experiences.
People who only feed the birds during the winter miss out on many fun and fascinating wild bird "family" activities. By mid-spring and throughout much of the summer, fledglings leave the nest and continue to be fed by their parents, while also being taught to eat from feeders. Watching this fun and fascinating activity is one of the true payoffs of the bird feeding hobby.
Here are some characteristics and behaviors to look for when watching these fledgling birds as they begin to leave the nest:
Some foods are better than others for new fledglings. Insects are highly favored, so mealworms are attractive to parents feeding young. Jim’s Birdacious® Bark Butter® and Bark Butter Bits are also excellent as they are highly nutritious, easily carried, and easily swallowed.
It’s a perfect time to be seasonally savvy with your bird foods. Stop by the store and we'll help you pick out the the high protein and high fat foods that will help to get your neighborhood fledglings off to a strong start.
For such little birds, hummingbirds can be very feisty and aggressive when defending their territories, which include nectar feeders. Multiple feeders, spread throughout your yard, will encourage more hummingbirds to visit and keep bullies at bay. Speaking of feeders, these little birds have BIG appetites. Hummingbirds are constantly on the move, eating about every 10 minutes, and not just nectar. They spend more than 25% of their time foraging for small spiders and insects to obtain essential amino acids and other nutrients. Hummers use so much energy flying that they can eat double their weight in nectar and insects each day. Despite popular belief, hummingbirds do not suck up nectar with their bills. They actually lap it up with their tongues. While dipping their grooved tongues into nectar sources at up to 12 times a second, the nectar is drawn up and into their mouth each and every time. Hummingbirds are VERY fast. They often seem to explode away from a feeder like a dragster. They typically fly at 30-45 mph, but can reach up to 60 mph! They can hover and are the only birds able to regularly fly backwards and occasionally upside down. They do this because of an extremely mobile shoulder joint.
For the best chances of attracting hummingbirds, try following these simple tips:
The follow video clip was submitted to us by customer Melissa Puppos, who had the good fortune of capturing on film this female Ruby-throated Hummingbird, collecting nesting materials in the form of spider webs. How cool is that!?
Orioles are known to enjoy orange slices, grape jelly and mealworms offered from tray-style feeders. They will even use the protein-rich mealworms to feed their nestlings. Nectar feeders are also attractive to orioles, supplementing the natural nectar they typically find in flowers. Treatment of the nectar and feeders is similar to that outlined above, though orioles tend to be drawn to orange while hummers like red feeders. Be patient and keep the foods fresh, replacing them every few days and be sure to keep your feeders clean, too. Once you've followed our list of tips and tricks, the rest is up to the birds to find you!
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At Wild Birds Unlimited, Grosse Pointe Woods, we provide you with a place to shop for bird feed, accessories, and gifts (USA and Michigan-made whenever possible!). We love to be your backyard bird feeding experts and go-to problem solving team. In addition, we offer fun and educational customer experiences through events held in-store and within our community. Below is a list of upcoming events, hosted by us, and perfect for Bringing People and Nature Together. We hope to see you soon!
Hummingbird Presentation at
Join the fun at Pollinator Palooza at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, featuring a Gardening for Hummingbirds Presentation by Rosann Kovalcik.
Aside from Rosann's talk, this event will feature a live butterfly house, a peek into a bee hive, a live bat demonstration, and hands-on activities for all ages!
For tickets, click here to register through the Ford House website.