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Birding New Year’s Resolution #2 – Visit a New Retail Store

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to visit a new birding retail store to see what’s new on the market.  Sounds simple enough, but from where I stand that meant a planned trip down the mountain, in between snow showers and in conjunction with other errands.  Ordering supplies from Amazon had been an easy crutch, but I made that trip this past weekend and I was delighted with my experience.

I visited Wild Birds Unlimited for the first time!  (I know, right?  Many of you are thinking, “Wow, it’s about time!”  Lol.)  And I immediately loved the ambiance in the store.  It was pretty, with beautiful stained glass window decorations in between the myriad of feeders, stands, baths, and food!  And I quickly noticed the sounds of mockingbirds mimicking other bird sounds playing over the speakers.  Nice!

The woman who greeted me spent time showing me around the store, and she was friendly and helpful; I was surprised by the attention I received.  More so, I was surprised to see the new birding trends that I hadn’t been exposed to yet, including the company’s very own bark butter!

Bark butter is a spreadable suet that can be easily smeared on tree bark or on a bark butter feeder to attract birds such as chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals, mockingbirds, wrens, woodpecker, towhees, etc.

How could I resist!  I bought some bark butter AND a bark butter feeder!  And then I spotted some much needed peanuts, so I added that to my cart, in addition to the newest issue of Bird Watcher’s Digest.  The magazine really caught my attention because I didn’t even know it existed, and I had considered myself pretty well up to speed on all the birding magazines.  Oops.  Missed that one completely.

And then I spied from across the store an oriole feeder to hold grape jelly and orange slices.  I don’t know that I’ll get any orioles up where I am, but it’s possible and so I’m game!  I added that to the cart, too.

All in all, it was a terrific adventure and I can’t wait to visit another birding store again in the near future.  As for my purchases, the next morning I put out the bark butter and feeder, and within 15 minutes the chickadees and nuthatches were sold on the new dining station!  Sweet!

My big revelation?  I’m not exposed to all the cool new birding trends from the internet and Amazon alone.  There are some things I need to learn by getting out of the house and into a store!  Thank you, Wild Birds Unlimited, for a terrific experience.