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December News Notes:
from Wild Bird Habitat
  • December is the 120th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Details inside
  • The winter survival of many songbirds is enhanced by backyard bird feeders.
  • Continue keeping an eye out for any new birds at your feeders or in your yard.
  • Northern Goldfinches are arriving in droves. Make sure your Nyjer thistle is fresh.
  • Share your special feeding area with family and friends this Holiday Season. Watch how excited they get. Maybe they'll become another bird enthusiast.
  • Open water in winter is vital for birds to survive. Checkout our de-icers & heated bird baths.
  • Bird feeders and bird feeding supplies make great Christmas gifts. So consider a give a gift of nature. 
Read more about December News Notes in Dave's Bird Chatter for December  by clicking on the link below to  Wild Bird Habitat's December Newsletter - Link below

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  • Attracting Cardinals to your yard
  • What is the "bird of the month? The Chickadee
  • Read "Dave's Bird Chatter" for December
  • Register for the 2020 Bluebird Convention
  • The importance of water in winter
  •  and more birding news

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Arnie's Corner

December Christmas Pet Special Offer

Arnie's Pet Food Store is celebrating 3 years in business this December with a special Holiday offer. 

Purchase a Christmas stocking for your pet from Arnie's Pet Food Store for $5.00. The money for the stocking will be donated to the Nebraska No Kill Animal Shelter. Then save 10% on whatever treats, chews, and toys you can stuff into your dog or cat's Christmas stocking from Arnie's Pet Food Store. Every family member deserves to wake up to stocking full of surprises on Christmas morning and so should your pet. 

So purchase your pet a Christmas stocking from Arnie's Pet Food Store and help a sheltered dog enjoy the Holiday and let your pet enjoy a stocking full of goodies.

Here's hoping you and your pets have a safe and healthy Holiday season from Arnie's Pet Food Store, where we don't just sell pet food, we help you select an appropriate food for your dog from our five-star rated all natural line of dog foods. Our treats and chews are all natural as well and made in the USA from listed sources.

Stop in for some hot cider and cookies this Holiday Season and see what Arnie's Pet Food Store has to offer. In the Alamo Plaza at 56th & Hwy 2, Lincoln.


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Seed tube bird feeders & Nyjer thistle bird feeders
Made in the USA / Lifetime warranty
#1 tube bird feeders on the market
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Do you know what the 7 basic bird feeders for a complete backyard bird feeding program are? Different birds have different feeding characteristics and each of these 7 basic bird feeders and the wild bird feed you use in each is guaranteed to attract a larger variety of birds to your backyard. 

The Wild Bird Habitat Stores is publishing a series - "7 Basic Backyard Bird Feeders". Every two weeks we will featuring one of the seven basic feeders, what they are, how to use, recommend the wild bird feed you should use in each one, and what birds to expect to be attracted by each of these basic bird feeders.

With the exception of a few specialty, wild bird feeders ( hummingbird, oriole, etc.)  every bird feeder you see at your local bird feeding supply store will fall under one of these 7 categories even though they may appear in a variety of designs. This includes window feeders, caged feeders, even squirrel proof bird feeders, all bird feeders.

"7 Basic Backyard Bird Feeders" series
Check out the first 3 of the 7 basic wild bird feeders you should have in your backyard if you feed birds. Then like us on Face Book for updates on the remaining 4 basic backyard bird feeders as they are published. Or find them on our website at

Once you understand the 7 basic backyard bird feeders and follow our recommendations and tips, I guarantee you'll enjoy a larger diversity of bird species coming to your backyard.


No matter if you plan to use just 1 of the 7 basic backyard bird feeders or all 7, the quality of the wild bird feed you use is essential for attracting birds to your bird feeder, and keep them coming back for more. Learn more about wild bird feed at ALL ABOUT WILD BIRD FEED

For additional information on which birds are attracted to each of the 7 basic backyard bird feeders and what wild bird feed is recommended, checkout our easy to use guide at  BIRDS OF THE BACKYARD
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Carolina Wrens
A bird feeder that has always been a favorite of mine since I began feeding birds some 35 years ago is a caged bird feeder. 

Caged bird feeders come with seed tubes which is perfect for feeding hulled sunflower seed, black oil sunflower seed, or specialty nut mixes. Others have mesh tubular inserts for feeding shelled peanuts. Either make a great woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
feeder, especially the ones for shelled peanuts, and a safe haven for smaller birds such as the finches. 

European Starlings, Common Grackles, and squirrels are thwarted from being able to gain access, thus you are able to feed the more desirable birds you are trying to attract. One draw back is since it deters larger birds, it also makes it impossible for the Northern Cardinal to access. In that case I provide a platform bird feeder with safflower or Nutra safflower to attract them. Safflower is rejected by 99.9% of squirrels and is the least favorite of blackbirds.

Maybe it's time you added a caged feeder to your backyard bird feeding program. Check out Wild Bird Habitat's CAGED FEEDERS 

For the best seed tube bird feeders and Nyjer thistle feeders on the market its Aspects and Droll Yankees - hands down

Why? These are high end, quality wild bird feeders at an affordable price. Made in the U.S.A., and come with a lifetime warranty. 

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These seed tube and Nyjer thistle seed feeders are easy to fill and even easier to clean with Quick Clean removable bases.

Unlike acrylic seed and thistle bird feeders you find at many big box outlets that can crack in cold temperatures or they become brittle from the hot summer sun, Aspects and Droll Yankees tubes are made from polypropylene - durable, UV stabilized, won't yellow or crack. (covered by lifetime warranty)

If you want a quality seed tube bird feeder or Nyjer thistle seed bird feeder, then you want  Aspects or Droll Yankees feeders - guaranteed for life..

Environmentally Friendly Bird Feeders
Birds Choice Recycled Feeders
Although the durability and natural look of cedar bird feeders continue to be preferred, the new line of feeders made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic is gaining in popularity. Many of these bird feeders have a lifetime warranty against fading, pealing, cracking, and chipping. They clean up like brand new, even after years of use. And speak of easy cleaning, many of the cedar and recycled plastic feeders we stock have removable perforated steel bottoms. This also allows moisture to pass through and the seed to remain dry.

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Wild Bird Habitat's Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder Selection

When it comes to squirrels, Wild Bird Habitat doesn't only have you covered with our functional squirrel baffles, we offer a large variety of squirrel proof bird feeders, several with lifetime warranties, and all that can be repaired, not tossed because of any damage.
Best affordable 



Peanut Feeders - A picture is worth a thousand words
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Downy feeding young
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
photos by Dave of Wild Bird Habitat

Check out Wild Bird Habitat's Peanut Feeders


Caged Peanut Feeders - Feed woodpeckers not squirrels & starlings
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
photos by Dave of Wild Bird Habitat

Check out Wild Bird Habitat's Peanut Feeders


Best Woodpecker Suet Plugs

Attractor High Energy Suet Plugs available at 
the Wild Bird Habitat Stores

  • Roasted Peanut Attractor Plugs
    P-Nutbutter Logs
    Suet Log w/WP
  • Pure Attractor Plugs
  • Sunflower Attractor Plugs
  • No-Melt Peanut Butter Attractor Plugs
By the pack or by the case, woodpeckers love 'em

The Sky Cafe Bird Feeder by Arundale Products is the  best squirrel proof bird feeder in the world . This large bird feeder keeps the birds happy, while its unique and durable design protects against squirrels and the elements. Squirrels slide off the dome every time they try, and they do keep trying, again and again, making this the best squirrel proof bird feeder around. Made in the U.S.A., this feeder has a  *Lifetime Warranty against squirrel damage* .
Sky Cafe - Hang or Post Mount on 1" pole
This large bird feeder opens onto a wide tray that provides birds a comfortable place to feed, but keeps squirrels out. Cardinals, chickadees, tufted titmice, woodpeckers and many other songbirds gather together on this full-view round bird feeder. Cardinals, who may hesitate to land on narrow spots, are eager to land on this circular platform.

The large 17" diameter squirrel proof dome protects seed from rain and snow. Its large capacity 1 1/2" gallon bucket means fewer trips to refill. Clear-view, easy-flow seed dispensing means birds peck at a seed and it falls out in front of them onto the tray for easy dining. The Sky Cafe Bird Feeder is available in original clear, emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red, & sunset orange.

This feeder works as both a hanging bird feeder and a pole mounted bird feeder. Assembling the hanging bird feeder is easy with our free hanging kit and water guard. Also fits a 1-inch diameter pole if you prefer to pole mount the feeder.

As of 2015,the Sky Cafe has been updated to a much more resilient & durable poly-carbonate material. Made in the U.S.A., this new material has high impact-resistance and is now much stronger and resistant to cracks and breakage. The durable poly-carbonate lasts for years and years, making the Sky Cafe Bird Feeder the most durable bird feeder on the market, as well as the best squirrel proof bird feeder. No need to buy bird feeder replacements every other year! The eco friendly dome is made from 100% recycled materials.

This bird feeder is highly recommended by Bird Watcher's Digest and Bill Adler, Jr.'s book.  Buy this bird feeder and see for yourself why customers are so loyal to this product!

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 Create your own squirrel proof bird feeder with the  SKY CAFE SQUIRREL BAFFLE

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Register today for the North American Bluebird Conference hosted by Bluebirds Across Nebraska. Spots for Sandhill Crane Viewing Blinds, Birding Tours, and Prairie Culture Field Trips will fill up fast as well as numerous birding workshops. 

This promises to be the largest birding event in 
North America for 2020. So register today.

For all the information 
and Printable Registration Form click
March 11 - 15, 2020

Register early to be certain to have a place on the birding trips, tours, and special activities. 
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In 2003 when Bluebirds Across Nebraska hosted the North American Bluebird Conference almost all 50 states were represented and several Canadian Provinces.

If you enjoy bluebirds, or just like birds in general, don't miss this exciting conference/festival. Its educational, informational, fun, its all about birds, and you'll be witness to one of the largest migrations on the planet. Up to 600,000 Sandhill Cranes along with numerous waterfowl species, and many migratory and resident Nebraska birds. 

It's the birding event of the year - don't miss it!


So what can you do to help the birds get through the cold winter months in Nebraska? After all, birds only survive the cold nights from the energy provided by the food they consume during the day. So what can you do? Provide extra food for our birds in a backyard bird feeder.

Check out Wild Bird Habitat's article on the SEVEN BASIC BIRD FEEDERS that will guarantee bringing a larger variety of birds into your backyard. Also helpful is Wild Bird Habitat's BIRD FEED & BIRD FEEDER GUIDE where you can find out what bird feeders and wild bird feeds are suited for your favorite backyard birds.  
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Nearly 3 Billion Birds Gone

A new study finds steep, long-term losses across virtually all groups of birds in the U.S. and Canada

More info & links in 
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In ancient times humans looked to the flight and songs of birds to protect the future. Today once again, birds have something to tell us.

Su Rynard's wide-ranging and contemplative documentary THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, 

THE MESSENGER brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music-makers.

On one level, THE MESSENGER is an engaging, visually stunning, emotional journey, one that mixes its elegiac message with hopeful notes and unique glances into the influence of songbirds on our own expressions of the soul. On another level, THE MESSENGER is the artful story about the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents, and about those who are working to turn the tide.

Watch THE MESSENGER on Amazon Video

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A comprehensive guide to the birds of Nebraska, seasonal occurrences, where they occur, and information on over 500 birds that reside, nest, or migrate through the state including maps for locating birds. Click on: 
Nebraska - birding doesn't get any better than this anywhere on the continent
 Where to go  Birding in Nebraska

How to Identify Birds Without Using Your Eyes

From Bird Watchers Digest

As many a birder can attest, a whole new world opens up when we become aware of the incredible diversity of birdlife that shares our space. 

We hope this guide will get you well on your way to identifying birds solely by sound.

Need some help identifying birds? 

Answer five simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify and Merlin will come up with a list of possible matches. Merlin offers quick identification help for all levels of bird watchers to learn about North America and Europe's common and rare birds!

A new advanced version of the Photo ID tool is now available for download in the latest version of Merlin Bird ID for Android and iPhone . Select an image from your smartphone image gallery or snap a shot from the back of your cameras viewfinder, and Merlin will walk you through the 2 quick steps before showing you a list of possible species.

The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to over 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. Built for all experience levels, it will help you identify the birds around you, keep track of the birds you've seen, and get outside to find new birds near you. Now with Bird ID Wizard

HARD COPY FIELD GUIDES form Wild Bird Habitat
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More birding info than you can shake a tail feather at!
Nyjer thistle seed has always been the go to wild bird feed for Goldfinches. They will also feast on hulled sunflower seed. But Nutra Safflower seed has become a very popular feed for Goldfinch when placed in a seed tube bird feeder.

Nyjer thistle seed is imported from places like India, Burma, and Ethiopia. It is sterilized when brought into North America to avoid noxious weed seeds from germinating creating a relatively short shelf life which Goldfinch will reject if the Nyjer is old.

Nutra safflower on the other hand is grown by American farmers, is less expensive, attracts not just Goldfinch but a large variety of birds, and best of all squirrels ignore it.

NOTE: I have never observed Goldfinch feeding on traditional WHITE SAFFLOWER. However   NUTRA SAFFLOWER was hybridized from white safflower removing the hard white outer shell, raising the over-all fat content by 30% leaving a thin brown hull often referred to as safflower gold.

A top North American Birding Area
Nebraska Birding Trails

Listing more than 400 bird watching sites across the state of Nebraska. From the Missouri River Valley to the panhandle's rugged Pine Ridge, you'll find world class bird watching, scenic vistas, and a remarkable Nebraska Heritage around every corner.
Nebraska Metro Birding
Bird watching in seven counties in Eastern Nebraska. Find birding sites right out your backdoor in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington counties.
Central Nebraska, one of the major migratory routes on the continent. From Sandhill Cranes to Prairie Chickens, shore birds to prairie dog towns, it's an incredible journey you don't want to miss. 
Chicken Dance Trail

Chicken Dance Birding Trail, 27 counties in Southwestern Nebraska 
Birding in South Central & South Western Nebraska.

Shifting Ranges: 588 Habitats in a Changing Climate
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In 2015, the National Audubon Society released a groundbreaking report called "Birds and Climate Change." This report detailed what we can expect for North American bird species in the coming decades. It focuses on the impacts of climate change on 588 avian species using decades of observations from Audubon members and our best understanding of what each species needs to survive.

In the most likely climate scenarios, the majority of the bird species studied-314-will see at least 50 percent of their current summer or winter range no longer suitable for them. Some species, like the purple finch, may see an increase in their expected habitable ranges because new habitats will become suitable as existing ones are no longer viable for them. Others, like the burrowing owl, are expected to mostly lose territory. Some impacts of climate change are unavoidable, but we can still protect many of the species we love. One of the most important ways to protect birds from the effects of climate happens to be one of the most important ways to protect birds in general: creating and protecting habitats. These strongholds should take into account both current and future bird populations. 

To view the redistribution of 588 North American bird species from 2000 to 2080 open the Audubon Field Guide. Select a bird (or search a bird species) then scroll down to the bottom and watch the changes in that birds range as habitats change due to a warming climate.

 Deter squirrels and blackbirds with Nutra Safflower & regular safflower
Everything you need to know - scroll down
Nutra Safflower for Goldfinch
Nyjer thistle seed has traditionally been the preferred seed of the American Goldfinch. The cost of Nyjer seed can vary greatly as it is a product imported to North America from India and Ethiopia and they set the price, and the price is rising once again. Nyjer is an oil seed which is why it is enjoyed so much by finches. In countries where it is grown this seed is crushed and used for cooking oil, much as in North America we crush black oil sunflower and safflower seed for cooking oil.

At Wild Bird Habitat Store we have received many reports and have had personal experience that Goldfinch readily feed on Nutra Safflower seed. In fact they may prefer it over Nyjer thistle seed. This could be a great alternative to supplementing Nyjer thistle seed for attracting Goldfinch. One benefit of Nutra Safflower is that this is a product grown by American farmers.

Nutra Safflower is available in 20 and 50 pound bags at the Wild Bird Habitat Store locations or by bulk quantity.

Internet customers can order Nutra Safflower seed on line. Although Wild Bird Habitat Stores Internet store offers free shipping on orders over $100, there is no free shipping on wild bird feeds. That allows us to keep our Internet wild bird feed prices low.   Order Nutra Safflower on line.

The Seed - 2018 
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum - Planting Nebraska for healthy people, vibrant communities and a resilient environment 

Late last summer I was contacted by Karma Larson of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum to submit an article about my favorite bird to be published in "THE SEED - 2018". That became quite a challenge. I often kid with folks that my favorite bird is the one I'm looking at, at that time. A number of other birders were asked the same question as well. The results are most interesting. But apart from birders proclaiming their favorite bird, the article produced a vast assortment of information about birds. For example:
Crane Dance
  • "Every year 400,000 to 600,000 sandhill cranes-80 percent of all the cranes on the planet-congregate along an 80-mile stretch of the central Platte River in Nebraska, to fatten up on waste grain in the empty cornfields in preparation for the journey to their Arctic and subarctic nesting grounds." Smithsonian 
  • "How many caterpillars does it take to raise a nest of chickadee chicks? Native oak trees are host to more than 550 species of moth and butterfly caterpillars. The ginkgo, a common ornamental landscaping tree from Asia, supports only five species." Audubon
  • "A cedar waxwing eating dogwood fruits needs 230 berries a day. While we humans can't eat dogwood berries, we do love blueberries. So by comparison, if we ate the same amount of blueberries relative to our weight of, say, 140 pounds, we would have to eat 46,577 berries-a whopping 215 pints-per day!" Evansville Courier & Press
  • "Scientists have determined that the world's birds eat 450 to 550 million tons of insects each year. That's as many as 20 quadrillion individual bugs." USA Today
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It's entertaining, thought provoking, and informative with a terrific list of birding resources for every bird enthusiast

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