I noticed this morning my feeder was almost empty so I headed over to my very favorite birding store, Wild Birds Unlimited on Piedmont Road in Marietta, GA. The folks who work in this location are so wonderful. They bend over backwards to help you solve any squirrel problems and can answer any question you can dream up about birds.
I bought a bag of Choice Blend. The birds love this stuff! In addition to birdseed, Wild Birds Unlimited carries lots of wonderful garden accent pieces and other fun extras, so I always have to look around while I’m there.
Right now they are stocking these fun socks I’ve read about online and have been wanting to try. They are called Solmate Socks and they are “Mismatched with care in Vermont.” Have you heard of them? I love that they are made in the good ole U.S.A., are 80% cotton, and are designed to look mismatched.
I bought a pair for me and a pair to give for Christmas. They come in all colors. I’m not sure if all the Wild Birds Unlimited are stocking these, but I just love ‘em. Wanted to share them in case you’re looking for a last minute gift or stocking stuffer. If your WBU doesn’t have them, you can find them online by googling Solmate Socks. By the way, I’m not affiliated with them…just sharing the fun stuff I find, as always.
I also bought this pair called the Blue Spruce. Love these fun colors!
Once home I filled up the feeder and in no time at all I had lots of visitors. I took the photo below through the glass of my kitchen bay window using my Nikon 18-200mm lens. My birds love a freshly stocked feeder. The nuthatch (top left) has been going for the peanuts this morning, while Mr. Cardinal has been enjoying the sunflower seeds. Mrs. Cardinal has been by, too. A little Black-capped Chickadee is feeding from the other side in this photo. This is one of the reasons I like the “choice blend” seed so much. You get a nice variety of birds with this seed. I’m sure the downy woodpeckers and bluebirds will be stopping by today, too. They all love this seed.
Wild Birds Unlimited also included a little extra something in my bag. Can you read the label? I’m going to try it. I could use some good luck in 2013.
Update: Here’s a second post that went up today with some good closeups of the other beautiful birds who came calling this afternoon. Birdwatching: Cardinals, Bluebirds and Woodpeckers Came Calling