Colorado Springs, Colorado

Eric & Dana Breier

Eric & Dana Breier

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

Colorado Springs, Colorado

3350 N. Union Blvd.,
(NE Corner of Union Blvd & Templeton Gap Rd)
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Phone: (719) 596-1819
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: Closed

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If you'd like help identifying a new bird to your backyard, please click on the link "Online Bird Identification Tool" above. It's a great resource we're offering customers and visitors to our website. Happy Birding!

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Providing Food Now Will Help Later

During fall and winter, chickadees, nuthatches and Jays 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 about 100 feet (30 m) from feeders
  • Cache more during the middle of the day
  • May carry off several seeds at a time, but each item is stored in a separate location
  • 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; occasionally mealworms
  • Choose heavier seeds (because they are larger or have a higher oil content)
  • Food is typically cached about 45 feet (13.5 m) from feeders
  • Most active caching time is early in the day
  • Store food in bark crevices on large tree trunks and on the underside of branches
Western Scrub Jay 

 Jays

  • Make repeated trips to feeders or trees to gather their favorite foods (sunflower seeds, acorns, pine nuts and peanuts).
  • Watch your feeder to see if you can observe them shaking peanuts in the shell to tell if they are full or empty.
  • Have been known to cache up to 6,000 pine seeds or 5,000 acorns as far as 2 miles away - ever wonder about where all those new seedlings came from?
  • Look and listen for the presence of sentinels in your yard as they cry to their companions that food has been located.