CT Audubon hosts spring bird seed sale

A male American-Goldfinch at a feeder.

A male American-Goldfinch at a feeder.

Spring is a stressful time in the lives of birds. Many have migrated a long distance. Upon arrival, they have to compete for territory and find a mate. Then they begin the process of building a nest, incubating eggs and raising young. All this occurs in just a few months as they prepare for their migration back to southern regions in the fall.

Bird feeding in the spring provides the supplemental nourishment birds need to recover from migration. If migrating birds arrive at well-stocked feeders to “re-fuel,” they will not only stay for the summer, but will probably return next spring. The backyard where they raise their young will be their destination when they return the following year.

On Saturday, April 18, the Connecticut Audubon Society will be offering Lyric bird seed at a 20% discount. To ensure adequate supplies, pre-ordering is strongly recommended.

It’s the perfect time to stock up for spring migration. So, what to put on the menu for spring bird feeding? Sunflower is the most beneficial seed a bird can eat because of its high fat and protein content. Mixed seed, cracked corn, nyjer and mealworms are all springtime favorites, as is suet which is a great energy source.

The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield Nature Store, offers a wide selection of bird seed for attracting the greatest variety of birds to your feeder. Knowledgeable staff is available to offer guidance on seed choice and feeder selection, and to answer general bird-feeding questions.

The Nature Store, located in Fairfield at 2325 Burr Street, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To obtain an order form, call Connecticut Audubon at 203-259-6305, ext. 109 or visit ctaudubon.org.

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