Scarborough, Maine

400 Expedition Drive
Scarborough, ME 04074
Gateway Shoppes Plaza near Cabela's

 (207) 771-2473

Open Today Until 6:00 pm

Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Attract migrating birds to your backyard by setting up an environment that mimics how birds naturally live and forage. 

1. Understand fall migration.
When autumn arrives, a bird's life transitions. Summer was nesting time, during which birds set up territories and raise their young. In autumn, they are no longer raising families and most of these territories break down. Some birds flock up with their own kind and use the flock as a winter survival tactic, taking advantage of more eyes to search for food and watch for predators. Some birds mix together with other bird species to do the same. These loose foraging guilds travel around, learning each other's alarm calls to protect from danger. 

2. Attract birds with low-lying landscapes.
A varied, dynamic landscape will help attract birds during the fall season; try to leave weed-seed plants as many birds like finches, sparrows and juncos love to work on them. Put out a few brush piles to give birds protection from weather and predators. Ground-feeding environments set up with blends including white proso millet will attract birds that avoid elevated food sources. 

3. Attend to bird feeding stations. 
Assess your feeding station hardware; use a lubricant (such as environmentally friendly TrickShot penetrating lubricant) at pole joints and thumbscrews, consider extra pole extensions for snow accumulation!  Repair or replace feeders; get them ready for the winter season. Clean existing feeders thoroughly, and take advantage of the nice cool days and air-dry them. Feeder cleaning should be done monthly so evaluate your cleaning method- will it be just as easy in colder months? Consider purchasing a spare feeder to put out while cleaning your main feeders to eliminate any downtime.  

4. Fresh food now to attract birds later.
As birds come through and decide where to stay, they are more likely to stay if they note a regularly available food source. Even if they are not hitting the food source on a consistent basis right now, once the weather turns cooler, they'll remember where that reliable source is. By keeping food fresh now, even if it's a small amount, the birds will reward you once the weather turns.

5. There are more food sources beyond seed.
Make sure you have high-quality fresh food and high-energy, high-fat foods. Wild Birds Unlimited seed blends have these qualities, as do our suets and Bark Butter products. Live or dried mealworms are another option. These foods help captivate migrating birds.

6. Provide a moving water source. 
A moving water source is a magnet for birds. If a bird is passing through and they see or hear moving water, they will almost always check it out. They need open water sources for drinking and keeping their feathers maintained for flight and proper insulation as the nights get colder.


Stop by the store and we'll show you the foods, feeders and other products to help attract migrating birds.