Karen Perry from Wild Birds Unlimited

Well we’re on the down side of February which brings us closer to spring!  
If my memory is correct, you should be hearing the start of some spring singing by the chickadees, cardinals and even white-throated sparrows that may be passing through. This is a lovely sign that spring is approaching.
We’ve had a few snow showers, so it would be good to check your feeders to make sure that seed is flowing freely through them and there is no ice or snow build-up. Once the ice and snow melt, they will make the seed wet and this can cause bacteria to grow, so get out and check your feeders.
How old is your Nyjer thistle? Once it is six months old, finches tend not to eat it. Make sure there are no clumps of thistle in your feeder.  A good way to check for freshness of thistle is to sprinkle some on a clean sheet of white paper, crack the seeds, hold the paper up to the light. If you see an oil residue, the seed is still good.  
Have you ever tried hand feeding birds? Chickadees (pictured) are pretty easy to come to your hand. Start first thing in the morning before your feeders are filled. With a little patience, chickadees will readily fly in for black-oil sunflower, crushed mixed nuts and live mealworms.  
I used to sit close to the feeders with mixed nuts and sometimes mealworms. Chickadees will come. Be patient and sit still.
Our seed sale is still going on at Wild Birds Unlimited through the end of the month. This is a great time to try feeding with cylinders or try one of our Wild Birds Unlimited Bark Butter products!
Stop into our Wild Birds Unlimited store in Onalaska. For more information, call us at 608-781-5088.
Happy Birding. Think warm thoughts of spring!
Karen Perry