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Spotlight: Wild Birds Unlimited

How to help birds in winter

Now is not the time to put birds on a low-fat diet! In fact, fat is the most concentrated form of energy available to birds. But fat reserves can be depleted quickly, especially overnight…and that’s where birdfeeders (the people and the object) can help!

Just under the skin of birds is a layer of fat that insulates the birds and provides energy for metabolism and normal activity when food becomes sparse. 

Birds forage for overwintering larvae, pupae, and eggs for fat, but snow cover and frozen conditions create a shortage of food; in harsh winters, birdseed becomes a lifeline.

Wild Birds Unlimited formulated the Winter Superblend which has the highest percentage of fat (42%) available in any of our seed mixes and is available now in the Buckingham store. 

A combination of seeds and nuts along with Bark Butter Bits (nuggets of suet, corn, and peanut butter) offers a rich source of fat and protein that will efficiently add to that layer of subcutaneous (under skin) fat that birds need to maintain in winter. 

Winter Superblend comes in seven-pound bags as well as medium cylinders. 

WBU also has a variety of suet cakes that are important in winter. 

And of course, Bark Butter Bits come in bags of their own and can be “served” alone or mixed with birdseed to fortify the fat content. 

Some exciting things taking place at Wild Birds Unlimited Buckingham include a Birdseed Sale February 9th – 16th offering 15% off twenty-pound bags of seed (20% for DSC members). 

Our bird walks continue through winter – you can sign up in-store to get email notifications of upcoming walks. 

The Feederscape backyard consultation service is also available – inquire in-store about having your feeder station and habitat assessed this spring for optimum bird enjoyment. 

PHOTO CAP: The birds need help in the winter!

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