Archive for October 9th, 2012

Birds: Fall Catching

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

nuthatch Birds: Fall CatchingRight now chickadees, nuthatches and titmice are hiding food to retrieve and eat at a later time. This behavior is called “caching.” Caching helps birds survive during bad weather and when food sources are low.

These birds store hundreds of seeds a day, and each seed is placed in a different location and they generally remember where each one is even a month later.

By providing an easily accessible food source, you can help your birds with their caching needs. Below is a little more detail on some of your favorite birds’ caching behaviors.

Chickadees

• Cache seeds (in the shell and out), nuts, insects and other invertebrate prey
• Food is typically cached about 100 feet from feeders
• Cache more during the middle of the day
• May carry off several seeds at a time, but each item is stored in a separate location
• Store food in knotholes, bark, under shingles, in the ground and on the underside of small branches

Nuthatches

• Prefer to cache hulled sunflower seeds, because they are easier and faster to cache; occasionally mealworms
• Choose heavier seeds (because they are larger or have a higher oil content)
• Food is typically cached about 45 feet from feeders
• Most active caching time is early in the day
• Store food in bark crevices on large tree trunks and on the underside of branches

Titmice

• Cache sunflower, peanuts and safflower
• Food is typically cached about 130 feet from feeders
• Cache one seed at a time and typically choose the largest seeds available
• Often remove seeds from their shell (80% of the time) before hiding them

What caching activity have you seen in your yard?

Pretty in Pink Country Pets Contest

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
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cropped pink ribbon Pretty in Pink Country Pets ContestThe month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!  Help Eagle Hardware raise awareness and you could win a FREE product for your pet!  Dress your pet up in pink during October, take a picture, and send it to us using the contact form below.  This will enter you for a chance to win a FREE bag of pet food, your choice!  The winner will be notified in early November via email and will be featured in our next newsletter.

Make October the time to be more aware of Breast Cancer and get yourself and  your loved ones examined. Here is a list of local resources where you can get a mammogram done for free or at a low cost.  Please visit Susan G. Komen North Texas or Susan G. Komen Dallas for local Breast Cancer resources, donation opportunities, events and more.

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State Fair of Texas

Friday, August 24th, 2012
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statefair2012 State Fair of TexasFor more than 125 years, the State Fair of Texas has been one of the biggest events in the state!  This year it runs September 28 – October 21 at Fair Park in Dallas.  For more information and event details please visit the fair website.