Attracting Birds, Bird Food and Feeders | March 27, 2023
You might be surprised that many of us have goldfinches all winter… they just appear in their drab winter coats. Finches love to feed in groups. To attract a group (known as a charm) hang a Songbird Essentials 3-Tube Feeder in your backyard and fill it with our Songbird Essentials Fantastic Finch Mix. Goldfinches love this blend of nyjer thistle & fine-chopped sunflower, which contains only high-quality seed with no fillers! Also, offer thistle sacks to attract more Finches in the spring. Mel’s favorite is the large black thistle sack because the Finches’ brilliant yellow coats show up beautifully against the black.
These let 24 or more feed at once. it – Finches love it!
Informative | March 15, 2023
Moments of Nature with Songbird Station
Spring is finally here and we are so excited! Our commercials are airing just in time for nesting season. Take a peak at the ad below, and be on the lookout for the new edition of the Songbird Station Newsletter, arriving in mailboxes soon! Full of helpful tips, valuable coupons, and information to get your backyard ready to receive guests of all feathers, don’t miss it!
Migration, Informative | March 02, 2023
Focus on Binoculars This Spring!
Don’t miss viewing colorful Spring migrants up close and witness the excitement of Songbirds building a nest and raising their young. Our optics are also great for sporting events, vacations, and hunting. Binoculars make Great Mother’s Day & Father’s Day presents! Come in today and try a pair. We even offer “Test Drives – NO expectations or strings attached!” Details at the store. We guarantee no one (Big Boxes – websites) NO ONE beats our prices!
Binoculars help to bring birds closer and really are a must for every birdwatcher. You will be able to see things that previously went unnoticed. For example, watch the Tufted Titmouse pick up and drop several peanut pieces before it finds just the right one. Watch the male Northern Cardinal court the female by gently placing food in her mouth. Notice the changing colors of American Goldfinch as they begin to molt from summer to winter plumage. Later in the summer, watch several species bring their babies to your feeder to teach them to feed.
Not convinced? Come to our monthly First Friday Bird Walks and test a pair!
Here is a great article to help you determine your needs and select the perfect pair, Focus on Binoculars!
Project FeederWatch is in full swing! Check out the 2022-23 season’s progress and add your own observations at FeederWatch – Count Feeder Birds for Science! The project continues until April so there is still time to participate.
The new 2022 edition of Winter Bird Highlights, the annual summary of the 2021-22 Project FeederWatch season is now available in downloadable and printable pdf format! Providing insightful information about the abundance and distribution of the birds that visit our yards across the United States and Canada, this new report provides a wealth of information gleaned from the Regional Roundup! The report describes what was learned from last season’s FeederWatch counts, and includes lists of the 25 most common birds observed in each of the 7 regions, which includes Hawaii.
This new publication also features research that used behavioral interactions birders reported during Project FeederWatch observations, a profile of Northern Flickers wintering in Canada, a review of which native sparrows are most common in the different regions, and more. Overall, it’s especially interesting to review the top 25 birds and their flock size in your region, plus it is insightful to learn how species vary from region to region, from west to east and south to north.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology operates Project FeederWatch each year. Citizen Science at its finest, the data contributed by individuals in communities throughout North America is scientifically analyzed to help create an annual picture of winter bird abundance and distribution. This helps scientists create accurate population maps which can help track gradual wintering range and population changes not only in this season but also over the span of many years. We encourage you to participate! Visit feederwatch.org to find out how!
Due to lack of photo submissions, Songbird Station will not be offering a 2023 calendar. We appreciate those who took the time to enter their images in the contest!
Informative | October 03, 2022
We love your feedback!
Keep those notes and letters coming!! Below is a letter that I received yesterday. It was so kind of Becky to take time to write. I was especially happy she noticed that I appreciate the every day wonder of the world that God has created for us like she does. I love the 2 videos she recommends. Take a look at them.
Remember Nature is a Stress Reliever from God. Take time today to listen to the birds sing!!
~Bird Man Mel
Attracting Birds, Hummingbirds | September 30, 2022
Fall Hummingbird Feeding with Bird Man Mel!
Bird Man Mel had a flurry of hummingbird activity in his backyard last week and captured some fantastic images. Check out his tips and tools that will bring Hummingbirds to your yard as they head south for the winter!
Bird Watching | September 07, 2022
First Friday Bird Walks – Bird Count for September 2, 2022
During our First Friday Bird Walk co-sponsored by Songbird Station with the Columbia Audubon Society, we had 19 attendees! We went to 3M Wetlands and traveled 1.34 miles. Although overcast skies turned to a nice hard rain 32 different taxa were reported. Below is the sighting count from this walk!
1 Wood Duck
1 Mourning Dove
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Great Blue Heron
4 Green Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
1 Cooper’s Hawk
2 Red-shouldered Hawk
2 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Barred Owl
4 Red-headed Woodpecker
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
6 Downy Woodpecker
2 Pileated Woodpecker
3 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Empidonax sp.
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
3 Blue Jay
47 American Crow
8 Black-capped Chickadee
6 Tufted Titmouse
2 House Wren
8 Carolina Wren
1 Gray Catbird
1 American Robin
25 Cedar Waxwing
2 House Finch
6 American Goldfinch
1 American Redstart
15 Northern Cardinal
11 Indigo Bunting
Events | March 09, 2022
Songbird Station’s 2023 Wild Bird Photo Contest
Songbird Station is holding their annual Wild Bird Photo Contest from January 15th – October 1st for their 2023 calendar. Click below to see the contest rules.
Gold Crest Distributing & Songbird Station are excited to be featured in the current edition of Rural Missouri Magazine!
“Birding Business” By: Zach Smith
If there is such a thing as reverse empty-nest syndrome, then Mel Toellner — or Bird Man Mel as he’s known to friends, family and viewers of his YouTube channel — probably has it. Since last summer he’s stepped back from his companies’ day-to-day operations; his son, Grant, and daughter, Becky, have taken the reins of different sides of the businesses he built from a few seeds. He’s neither sad to walk away nor concerned for the transition for a few reasons. His business was built on a passion for birding, and that passion was shared with the family. Mel’s kids were born into it, the same way he was.
Mel fledged his family business sense by helping his father with his company, Toellner Tire Co., in his native Bunceton. Later, he’d find his wings as a manager of sales, development and distribution for Ralston Purina. But like so many of the birds he loves to watch and educate others about, there was something instinctive calling the young entrepreneur. Tiny seeds planted by Boy Scout merit badge work, watching the geese in Rochester, Minnesota during trips to the Mayo Clinic with his father and a birding summer camp scholarship given to him by a member of the Columbia Audubon Society all germinated in Mel’s garage in Mexico. There, the idea for a birding store that would one day grow into a company supplying most of the same kind of businesses in North America, was hatched.
To view the rest of this article by Zach Smith of Rural Missouri click on the link below.