A Popular Hobby
Watching and feeding birds is one of the most popular hobbies in North America. Whether you're a backyard bird watcher or an experienced naturalist, you'll enjoy the wonders of these natural beauties in our environment.
Our birding departments are fully stocked with the equipment and foods you need to create the perfect backyard paradise for our winged friends.
The Blue Bird
A brightly coloured bird, the Bluebird is very territorial preferring open grassy areas with large trees. Bluebirds nest in tree cavities in the wild. In suburban areas, they will use nesting boxes. The male will choose the nesting sight then try to attract the female in March and April by singing and flapping its wings. The population of the bluebird has declined over the years due to loss of habitat, pesticide use and predator.
In the summer, approximately two thirds of the Bluebird’s diet will consist of insects and invertebrates including grasshoppers, crickets, earthworms, centipedes, and spiders. Bluebirds may be attracted using a platform style feeder with insects, cracked sunflower seed, or suet. They also enjoy eating fruit and berries such as blackberries, dogwood berries, wild grape, and sumac. Bluebirds will use birdbaths in summer and heated birdbaths in winter.
The population of the Eastern Bluebird declined seriously enough in the past century to reach critical status by the mid-1900s. The decline was due to:
1. Habitat destruction (loss of fields and nesting cavities in split-rail fences; clearing of dead trees)
2. Pesticide use
3. Nest predation by House Sparrows and European Starlings; both of which are non-native, introduced species