We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
12204 107th Ave N.W.
Edmonton, AB T5M 4A8
Phone: (587) 521-2473
Fax: (587) 521-2474
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spring is a much anticipated time for our smallest backyard-winged visitors. Hummingbirds may be the most anticipated bird to visit our yards. And why not? These littlest jewels of the backyard have some of the biggest personalities.
Hummingbirds are indeed small, weighing 1/10th of an ounce; about the weight of a penny. They also lay the world’s smallest bird egg; about the size of a blueberry.
For such a little bird, hummingbirds can be very feisty and aggressive when defending their territories; which includes nectar feeders. Multiple feeders, spread throughout your yard, will encourage more hummingbirds to visit and keep bullies at bay. The more feeders you offer and the more spread out they are, the more difficult it is for a protective hummingbird to defend all the feeders. Others, like females or even juveniles, will be able to eat more often, perhaps staying longer to feed or rest at feeders.
Speaking of feeders, these little birds have big appetites. Hummingbirds eat about every ten minutes and their diet is not made up entirely of nectar. They spend more than 25% of their time foraging for small spiders and insects to obtain essential amino acids and other nutrients.
Hummingbirds use their bill and not their tongue to catch prey while they forage near the ground and in trees. They love spiders and spider eggs and keep an eye out for small flying insects like midges, fruit flies and gnats. They also check leaves and branches for leaf hoppers, aphids and even the occasional small caterpillar.
Our little hummingbirds are deceptively big on speed. They often seem to explode away from a feeder like a dragster. They typically fly at 30-45 miles per hour (48-72 kph), but can fly up to 60 mph (96 kph). They can even hover and are the only birds able to regularly fly backwards and even occasionally upside down. They can do this because of an extremely mobile shoulder joint.
Be a seasonally savvy bird feeder by installing multiple hummingbird nectar feeders around your yard to draw in these little birds with the big personalities. Visit our store and we'll help you pick out everything you need to attract hummingbirds to your backyard.
This free drop-in event will give you a chance to talk with and ask questions of Michael. He has spent over seven years studying the best ways to attract hummingbirds. He has been able to attract Ruby-throated and some Rufous hummingbirds to his yard in the city and his cabin in the country. Michael will give you advice on the best flowers to plant, decorations to put up, and practices to follow that will attract hummers and encourage them to stay this summer, and hopefully return again next year. For more information on "The Hummer Summer Project", follow this link.
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Mama Barred Owl has set up residence in our owl nest box again this year. Jim Carpenter, President & CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited, has hosted a camera-equipped owl box in his backyard for many years.
Mama, in late February checked out the box and began to set up house. She laid the first egg on March 5th, the second one on March 7th and third one March 9th. The owlets have hatched and they’ll fledge at four to five weeks of age. You can see them looking out of the nesting box, and resting inside the box now.
Stop by often to watch the live streaming video from the nest box 24 hours a day!
Wild Birds Unlimited
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12204 107 Ave NW Edmonton AB T5M 4A8
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