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Karen Perry at Wild Birds UnlimitedWILD BIRDS UNLIMITED IN LA CROSSE

We had our first report of a male rose-breasted grosbeak sighting, so be on the lookout.  
I have had my oriole and hummingbird feeders up for about four days now, I have not seen either one. I expect we may see orioles by the weekend, but with the frigid temps, they just may stay where they are for now before moving further up north.  
I do not expect to see a hummingbird yet, I normally see them either the first weekend of May or Mother's Day weekend, which is the second weekend.I do have a lot of goldfinches in my yard right now along with chipping sparrows and white throated and white crowned sparrows. The "dawn's song" in the mornings is a delight, especially with the colder temps. At least I know spring is really here.
Remember, a number of birds are in their nesting stage. They are quite territorial so you may not have as many of the same species as you normally do in your yard at this time. One example would be the cardinals.
Wild Birds Unlimited special for May 1 through May 14, is 20 percent off any Wild Birds Unlimited hummingbird and oriole feeders. Our feeders are excellent quality and are extremely durable. It's always good to have more than one feeder especially the hummingbird feeders, as they are very aggressive if there is only one feeder. Spacing them closer together is better than far apart.
This is an exciting time of year for bird watching so make sure you are keeping your feeders clean and full with fresh seed. Bird baths are always popular so keep that water clean. How about putting up another bath? I have four two in the front and two in the back. They use them all.
Happy birding!
Karen Perry
Wild Birds Unlimited, 9348 State Hwy 16, Suite 214 (Next to Hallmark) Onalaska, WI, 54650, 608-781-5088, M-F - 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat - 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun - noon - 4 p.m.

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