6029 Hwy 100 Nashville, TN 37205
Wood Thrush Shop
6029 Hwy 100 Nashville, TN 37205
Early April marks the arrival of the first ruby-throated hummingbirds to our area. The first hummingbirds you see may be early migrants as they make their way north, or summer residents here to establish their territory. Many of you will not see hummingbirds until well into July. This is due to the fact that the birds are concentrated around their nesting areas and will not increase their search for nectar until the young have fledged. Nesting season takes place primarily in May and June but may extend into July and August.
The Eastern Bluebird is a year round species in Tennessee that everyone would love to attract. Due to significant population growth over the past 10 years it is more possible than ever for people to attract these beautiful birds. The Bluebird is most associated with fields, meadows, and open habitat. However, when spring is approaching and their attention turns to courtship and nesting they leave the open areas and spread out in search of potential nest-sites. Their search often takes them into suburban and wooded areas, places not usually associated with Bluebirds. Bluebirds are insects and berry eaters, but will occasionally accept alternative food sources like sunflower hearts and shelled peanuts, suet, raisins, dried mealworms, and of course live mealworms.
We here at The Wood Thrush Shop believe we've stocked our shop with the best variety of quality bird feeding products available. From tube type and hopper feeders, to hanging and mounted platform feeders, to suet and peanut feeders, to hummingbird and other specialty type feeders, TWTS covers them all. However, if you're looking for a feeder we do not stock, please let us know. We're certain we can get that feeder for you. Special orders are no problem and no additional cost.
The Wood Thrush Shop is your trusted source for backyard bird feeding solutions in the Nashville, TN area. We guarantee a large selection of bird feeders and quality bird food. Let The Wood Thrush Shop exceed your expectations today! Your backyard bird feeding experience will never be the same again.
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BIRDS AND WATER IN THE WINTER
When you watch a bird bathing you may come to the conclusion they are just having fun. Many of our backyard birds really get animated about bathing. But all the fluttering and gyrations you see is really serious business. Feathers are amazing adaptations for both flight and insulation, but they don’t come without cost. In fact, one study found that across a wide range of species, birds averaged over 9% of their time preening, a bird feather is constructed of a central shaft with lattice-like branches. Coming off the branches are short shafts with rows of barbs which interlock, something like hundreds of tiny zippers. Any time a bird’s feathers are contacted, some of the tiny zippers may shift and come undone. It probably even happens just when the bird is flying. Unless the bird re-zips the feather structures several times a day, it would grow more and more ragged and the feathers would become less and less sturdy. Eventually, the bird would find it pretty hard to fly well. This could mean the difference between life and death to a bird trying to escape a predator, or staying insulated from the cold.
A bird bathing in summer does serve the purpose of cooling and keeping parasites off, but bathing in winter really aids in their survival. Their feathers must be clean and in good condition to provide them with optimum insulation from the cold. So the challenge is to offer them water when temperatures are below freezing. Water can be offered on a daily basis in very simple ways. Even if for just a few hours, before the water freezes, the birds have had access to water. They will actually get used to and take advantage of the daily offering of water if you consistently put it out at the same time. A plastic pan is perfect for this method. Another way is to use a bird bath de-icer in an existing birdbath, a device made for the sole purpose of keeping your birdbath ice free in freezing temperatures. A de-icer is an electrically powered device that does not make the water hot but only keeps it from freezing. We carry two types of de-icers for birdbaths; one is thermostatically controlled, meaning it will turn on and off according to the water temperature and the other is a plug in as needed device. We also stock a variety of birdbaths with built in de-icers. These heated birdbaths work the same way as the thermostatically controlled de-icers, but the de-icer is built into the bowl of the birdbath, for a cleaner look. We stock pedestal and deck mount types of heated birdbaths.
We will be running a 20% off special on all heated birdbaths and de-icers Jan 19 th thru the 24 th .
The Wood Thrush Shop has everything for the backyard bird enthusiast. In 1985 The Wood Thrush Shop was the first store of its kind and has supplied its customers with quality birdfeeds of all kinds, birdfeeders, birdbaths, squirrel and raccoon proofing solutions, bluebird nesting boxes, and a great selection of hummingbird feeders. Quality products and the staffs knowledgeable and friendly service keep loyal customers coming back.
The Wood Thrush Shop offers the unique service of a FREE Squirrel Proofing Consultation. One visit to your home to see how and where you currently offer your birdfeeders and we can suggest REAL solutions for squirrel and/or raccoon proofing your birdfeeders. And, if you purchase squirrel/raccoon proofing products through The Wood Thrush Shop we will install them for FREE to ensure their success.
The Wood Thrush Shop proudly supplies Warner Parks with birdseed, birdfeeders, binoculars, and books.
The Wood Thrush Shop’s mission is to provide its customers with the knowledge and products to have an enjoyable and educational bird watching experience in their backyards, or in the field.
THANKS TO ALL WHO DONATED
We want to thank everyone who donated to the Warner Park Wild Bird Account over the spring and summer.
If anyone would like to donate just come by The Wood Thrush Shop and let us know how much, and that you would like to donate to the Warner parks wild bird account.
As you know The Wood Thrush Shop supplies Warner parks with bird seed and all their wild bird needs, so we at The Wood Thrush Shop and the Nature Center have set up an account where people can help donate towards Warner parks wild bird supplies. By donating to the “Warner Parks wild bird account” at The Wood Thrush Shop, staff from the Nature Center will be able to collect what materials and feed they need when they are able to store and use it.
Below is a list of what the park uses in seed and feed. This will give you an idea of how you may like to help out and donate to the Warner park wild bird account.
- The Nature Center uses one 50lb bag of black oil sunflower seed every month, spring through fall. A donation of$30 will purchase seed for blue jays, chickadees, nuthatches, and all other general feeder birds.
- They use approximately one 50lb bag of safflower seed every season. A donation of $45 will purchase safflower for three to four months. Safflower will attract general birds without attracting squirrels, starlings, or Grackles.
- They use approximately one 25lb bag of thistle seed over 6 months. A donation of $30 will purchase thistle for goldfinches and other smaller birds to enjoy.
Nature Center staff, volunteers, and visitors frequently use field guides, feeders, nest boxes, and other resources for identification and education. Consider a donation to the “Warner parks wild bird account” to provide the most up-to-date resources at YOUR local Nature Center. We hope that this will help provide better resources for our Nature Center and therefore provide more resources and activities for the community.
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- Friends of Warner Parks
- National Bluebird Society
- Owls Hill Nature Sanctuary
- Tennessee Watchable Wildlife
If you're having problems with squirrels this season come in and check our Squirrel Buster feeders. They have a great warranty and are some of the most effective squirrel proof feeders we've seen. Available in sunflower seed, shelled peanut, and nyjer thistle feeders.