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Say No To Pepper Treated Bird Seed

Due to the interest in keeping squirrels away from the bird feeders, a great question we are asked is, do we carry seed treated with hot pepper. The question is prompted by those looking for solutions to squirrels dining at the bird feeders.We do not carry bird seed that has been treated with a pepper substance.Our position takes into consideration that the possibility and data is beginning to emerge to support, that although the birds cannot taste the pepper, their inner systems recognize the heat and begin to lower the bird’s body temperature. Under certain conditions such as low temperatures in winter this may affect the bird’s ability to survive as it is not registering an optimum body temperature. There...

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Choosing Quality Bird Seed

Mill Creek Seed Company is the sole supplier of wild bird seed to Bird House Nature Company. They were chosen due to their integrity to supply only the best seed available in the market. Each blend is carefully formulated by Paul Bennett, Canada's leading ornithological nutritionist. With each formulation, Paul prepares his blend to account for the Canadian climate, the immediate surrounding environment and the seasonal variations that affect the needs of birds. Priority is given to the quality of ingredients and the nutritional requirements of birds.  Mill Creek Seed Company is strictly in the wild bird seed business. They are not a large box store supplying a chemical company, nor a pet food or livestock feed manufacturing company. Mill Creek...

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Bird Symbolism - Woodpeckers

Birds are animals hardwired for flight. Though some of them, like penguins, have lost the capability to fly, several kinds are able to run, jump, swim, and dive. Every inch of a bird’s physical make-up is fashioned to induce lift; hence airplane wings are designed after bird wings. Known to be the closest relative of the dinosaurs that lived in the Jurassic period around 160 million years ago, the largest of these winged creatures is the ostrich, which can grow to a towering nine feet; while the smallest is the long bee hummingbird which is cute at only two inches. History shows us birds that were depicted on cave walls and were valuable symbols for ancient civilizations such as Egypt,...

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Did You Know - Bird Trivia

That’s Interesting… Did You Know? 1. A bird’s lungs are much more complicated and efficient and take up more space than those of mammals, such as humans. A human’s lungs compose about 1/20 of its body. A bird’s takes up 1/5. 2. Owls cannot swivel their eyes. Instead they move their heads completely around to see straight behind them. They live on every continent except Australia. Soft fringes on their wings make flight essentially silent. 3. Many birds such as starlings, sing notes too high for humans to hear. 4. The type of diet a bird eats in the wild is directly related to the shape of the bird’s beak. 5. The fastest flying bird in a dive is the...

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Are We There Yet?

The ruby throated hummingbirds as harbingers of changing seasons are now in migration mode flying south. The first hummingbirds to leave, usually at the end of July / early August, are the adult males followed by the females and the immature hummingbirds two to four weeks later. Hummingbirds do not migrate in flocks but chose to make the long journey on their own. For many, the summer and winter homes are more than 2,000 miles apart. Some hummingbirds fly straight across the Gulf of Mexico while others follow the western shore through Texas and Mexico. While most songbirds and some other kinds of birds migrate mainly at night, hummingbirds travel mostly in the daytime, flying fairly low—taking advantage of the...

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