Q: What types of birds live in our area?
A: The Saint Croix River Valley is home to a wide range in habitats, providing an abundant and diverse variety of birds to enjoy throughout the changing seasons. River Falls even qualified as a “Bird City” and it’s one of a handful of cities in WI leading the way for bird conservation. From Eastern Bluebirds, to Baltimore Orioles and even a Chickadee or two, we’ll help you incorporate a preferred feeding routine that will help these lovely birds flourish throughout the seasons.
Q: Why do you sell Mealworms? Do birds eat them?
A: With the help of BIRD WALKERS, adding mealworms to your feeding routine is easier than you think and will provide a nutritious snack for a variety of birds. Mealworms are also a favorite for many summer birds who have hungry nestlings to feed. Once birds discover your tray of mealworms, you’ll find they quickly disappear as a delightful treat to a wide variety of birds. Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo buntings, nuthatches, Orioles, and Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, to name a few, may be waiting by your feeder each morning for their morning snack.
Q: So now that I have a birdfeeder, where do you put it?
A: BIRD WALKERS will set your feeders in a quiet place where they are easy to see and convenient to refill. Optimal placement for viewing and for bird safety is within 3 feet of a picture window, or affixed to the glass or window frame. If this distance will not work for you, it is best to place the feeder further away (greater than 10 feet) to help prevent birds from hitting windows hard enough to cause injury.
Feeders close to natural shelter such as trees or shrubs also offer resting places for birds between feeding bouts and a quick refuge if a hawk flies through. Evergreens are ideal—their thick foliage buffers winter winds and offers year-round hiding places from predators.
Q: Squirrels! How can we deter them?
A: The first step is to keep squirrels out of feeders by either placing the feeder where squirrels can’t gain access to it, or using a feeder that is designed to keep squirrels out no matter where it is in the yard. There are also different types of seed that are less appealing to squirrels. BIRD WALKERS will work with you to identify the optimal means of deterring these furry critters if that’s your goal.
Q: Where do you deliver?
A: Anywhere within the Hudson City limits. Additional delivery fees may apply if outside this area. Call for a free quote today!
Q: What days do you deliver?
A: 7 days per week between 8am and 5pm CST. Other times can be arranged.
Q: Do you sell bird food?
A: Yes, we offer sunflower seeds, meal worms, oranges, and jelly to bring in the most sought after local birds.
Q: Can I sign up for a monthly service?
A: Yes, we offer weekly and monthly service packages. Call for pricing.
Q: What birdseed do birds prefer?
A: Results of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife study includes the following:
a) Black oil – Fresh oil sunflower seed is attractive to most seed eating bird species.
b) Striped – The larger shell is harder for some birds to crack but Tufted Titmice and Blue Jays prefer.
- Peanut pieces – Are attractive to numerous species. Lots of bug or suet eating birds choose peanuts for their high protein and fat levels.
- White Proso Millet – Is the preferred food for ground feeding birds like juncos, doves and sparrows.
- Safflower seed – This was not included in USFWS studies but is a favorite of House Finches and is considered acceptable to most other bird species except blackbirds and starlings. (Squirrels don’t seem to care for it either.)
- Nyjer (Thistle) – Is not related to weed thistles. The high fat content and small seed shape makes it attractive to finches.
- Cracked Corn – Eaten about one-third as often as white proso millet and attracts blackbirds.
7. Red Proso Millet – It can be used as a substitute for white proso; however, not as preferred
8. Golden (German) Millet – Is the least preferred of the millets
9. Milo (sorghum) – Large red round seed found in a lot of cheap blends. It is unattractive generally to all species. Jays, cowbirds, and grouse may eat it in Michigan. More of the western ground feeding birds might eat milo.
10. Oats – Only starlings found hulled oats attractive.
11. Wheat – Unattractive to most species.
12. Canary seed – Unattractive to most species. House Sparrows and cowbirds will eat canary seed.
13. Flax seed – Almost completely ignored.
14. Rape seed (canola seed) – Least attractive feed in the study. Quail and doves may eat.
Q: What types of food should I feed?
A: Offer different types of food in different feeders at a variety of heights to attract the greatest diversity of birds.
Q: Do I need to keep my feeders filled?
A: If you want birds to frequent your feeders, keep feeders filled. Birds will stay in places with reliable food sources.
Q: Should I continue to feed throughout the winter?
A: Winter feeding provides birds with a consistent source of nutrition. Don’t forget to provide water using a heater to prevent icing.
Q: Where should I place my feeders?
A: To offer birds security from predators place feeders near the cover of trees or bushes.
Q; Do I need to have a bird bath?
A: Having a fresh water sources is critical to birds. Keep water fresh and shallower than 3”. Keep water available year around by using a heater in the winter.
Q: How often should I clean my bird bath?
A: Bird baths should be cleaned weekly or more to prevent bacteria growth.
Q: How often should I change the water in my birdbath?
A: Bird bath water should be changed daily
Q: What size mealworm should I feed my animals.
A: Size can be personal preference but it is also related to the size of your animal. Smaller animals have difficulty eating and digesting larger mealworms. Small mealworms are well suited for chameleons, medium mealworms are well suited for any type of gecko, and large mealworms are well suited for birds, larger reptiles, sugar gliders and other larger animals.