Birds on the Brain: a Look at Woodlink’s Going Green Birdfeeders
Bird watching is a splendid summer pastime. Sure, it’s incredibly calming to cuddle up in a blanket, and sit and watch birds work at a snow-covered feeder. But in the summer, watchers can comfortably venture outside and watch birds enjoy a seedy breakfast. http://www.woodlink.com/aboutus.aspx
Here at Nate’s American Made, we’re rather fond of WoodLink, one of our American-made feeder suppliers.
Here’s a bit of information about WoodLink:
James Link Nylen founded WoodLink in 1988. At first, the company operated out of a 6,000 square-feet facility in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Over the years, WoodLink has steadily – and successfully – grown. Since WoodLink’s founding, the company has formed relationships with the National Audubon Society and in 2011, WoodLink merged with Kay Home Products. The merger has allowed WoodLink to expand its offerings. The company now also sells hummingbird feeders, nectar feeders, metal squirrel-resistant feeders, and purple martin houses. The company now manufactures and houses over 200 traditional cedar, and Going Green recycled bird feeders in its Mount Ayr facility, which is now 60,000 square feet.
WoodLink launched its American-made feeder line in 2008. The company’s Going Green birdfeeders and birdhouses are made of 90 percent post-consumer recycled plastic -- almost 30 post-consumer milk jugs are recycled to make the average Going Green feeder!
Our store carries various types of Going Green feeders: we supply WoodLink’s platform, tube, fruit and jelly, and hopper feeders – all of which are made in the U.S.A. – WoodLink’s other, non-American-made feeders can be found on the store site.
And for new birdwatchers: the following tips can help you get acquainted with the world of birdwatching. Now, if you’re a seasoned bird watcher, you already know the following bird-friendly tips. But please feel free to comment and share any personal insights you may have concerning bird watching.
What types of seed to use
According to BirdWatchingDaily.com, you can attract a variety of birds to your yard with striped or black-oil sunflower seed. “The striped variety is a bit larger in size and is easily handled by larger birds such as cardinals, jays, and grosbeaks. The smaller black-oil variety is easier to eat for birds such as chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches.” -- BirdWatching
Other seeds to consider that birds love:
Two types of proso millet (red and white)
- Niger seed
- Safflower seed
These seeds can typically be bought as mixes with sunflower seeds, and really benefit birds. Birds also enjoy eating suet cakes. The hearty cakes will attract woodpeckers, titmice, chickadees, wrens, and nuthatches.
And if you took a gander at the feeders we sell, you probably saw that a few of the Going Green feeders hold fruit and jelly. Birds love these “special treats,” and also enjoy eating other types of snacks, such as peanut butter, and mealworms. “Orioles, finches, tanagers, and even woodpeckers have a fondness for oranges,” BirdWatching reported. “Halve an orange and impale it on a large finishing nail that is hammered into a tree, stump, or board. Jelly, marmalade, or crushed grapes will attract orioles, catbirds, and other birds, particularly in spring.”
Make your yard bird-friendly
Plant bushes in front of trees to give shrub dwelling birds a place to hide. According to BirdWatching, bluebirds, towhees, buntings, catbirds, and cardinals like to nest and feed at the edges of woodlands. A few bushes to consider planting:
- Viburnums (American highbush cranberry, arrowwood viburnum)
- Hollies (such as winterberry and yaupon)
- Native honeysuckles
- Wax myrtle
Consider planting wildflowers to attract hummingbirds, butterflies and insects. Also: provide birds fresh water so your new, feathered friends can bathe and drink freely.