Friday, January 19, 2018

Tips For Bird Watching in the Winter

We’ve had quite the winter already! With a month of winter under our belt, we’ve experienced freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. With uncomfortable temperatures outside, you may be driven indoors to find amusement and warmth. If that’s the case, it may be time to take up some new hobbies that keep you indoors while still appreciating the outdoors, like bird watching! If you’ve always loved spying on those little-feathered creatures out your window, here are a few tips to help make it even more meaningful.


Getting Started

Every good bird watcher knows that having the right tools can be the start of a wonderful bird watching relationship. While you don’t need to go out and invest a lot of money, you can still get some nice equipment that will last you for many seasons. As you plan your bird watching tool kid, here are a few items you may want to keep around.


  • Binoculars
  • Field Guide
  • Bird Feeders
  • Camera
  • Bird Apps


You can find more tools that could be helpful, like a spotting scope for long distances, or a notebook to take down observations. However, bird watching can be as relaxed or as complex as you’d like to make it.

Get a Bird List

A field guide can be very beneficial, but you’ll also want to find out what birds are in your area during which times of the year. The Midwest can see a lot of different birds as they migrate north or south depending on the time of year so you could be in of quite the adventure.
We’ve referred to the Great Missouri Birding Trail to see what bird species you may expect to find throughout Missouri, see if you can collect them all!


  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Bald Eagle
  • Mourning Dove
  • Barred Owl
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Carolina Wren
  • Black-Capped/Carolina Chickadee
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Yellow-Breasted Warbler
  • Eastern Towhee
  • American Robin
  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Finch
  • White-Throated Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch


Find the Birds

Since your goal may be to stay indoors for this chilly Missouri winter, you may want to find a way to get the birds to come to you. Thankfully, Camdenton Farm and Garden has a great supply of bird feeders for any number of bird species. Not to mention, we have the best bird seed to go with it!

Find a Birding Group

Whether you want to find one on social media or in your local community, it can be fun to get together with others who love birds as much as you. The community aspect of a birding group can not only be fun, but it can be a great way to learn more about the birds in your area, and be notified when a new one could be migrating through or an unusual bird has been spotted!


Birding at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you are ready to start bird watching at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would love to help. From getting supplies and learning the best way to set them up to learning what types of birds to watch for and what types of food they like - we are your one-stop shop. Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden, and don’t forget that we have a great sale happening for our January White Sale! All white bird food is 10% off, but only in January!



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251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The January White Sale!

Only at Camdenton Farm and Garden can you find a January White Sale like no other. Did you know that birdseed can sometimes be all white? Birds love it, so when you're feeding the wild birds of your community, you may want to stock up now during our White Sale. Get 10% off of your purchase of our white birdseed and be all stocked for winter. Here are more details about our white bird seed that we have available.


White Millet

Millet isn't always a common birdseed, but it has great nutritional benefits. Millet is a small, starchy grain, and while it comes in many varieties the most popular is generally the white millet.

The basic nutritional components of millet seed include:

  • 12 percent protein
  • 8 percent fiber
  • 4 percent fat
  • Calcium
  • B vitamins
  • Magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and other trace minerals

You will also find that many birds will enjoy white millet, from small to large. Here are just a few birds that will enjoy it, although there are many more, especially when given the opportunity to try this type of birdseed:

  • Budgerigars
  • Carolina wrens
  • Dark-eyed juncos
  • Eastern towhees
  • House Finches
  • Indigo buntings
  • Mourning doves
  • Northern cardinals
  • Painted buntings
  • Pine siskins
  • Scarlet Tanagers
  • Snow buntings
  • Sparrows
  • Spotted towhees
  • Varied thrushes
  • Yellow-throated warblers
  • Pheasants, quail, and grouse

Safflower

White safflower seeds may be a bit uncommon for birders, but they are picking up in popularity quickly and becoming one of the more known bird seeds. If you've never used this type of birdseed before, you can start introducing it, and before you know it, your backyard friends will love it!

Because this isn't as popular of a birdseed it can be challenging to find if you don't know where to look. Thankfully, your local farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks stocks it regularly and you can buy it easily! Here are a few bird species that really enjoy this type of birdseed:

  • Black-capped chickadees
  • Black-headed grosbeaks
  • Blue jays
  • Carolina chickadees
  • Downy woodpeckers
  • Evening grosbeaks
  • House Finches
  • Mourning doves
  • Northern cardinals
  • Purple Finches
  • Red-bellied woodpeckers
  • Rose-breasted grosbeaks
  • Tufted titmice
  • White-breasted nuthatches

Sunflower Hearts & Chips

Sunflower hearts and chips are just the inside of the sunflower seed without the messy hulls to worry about. It can also be easier for the birds to eat this type of birdseed because they won't have to work with the hulls. They are a great combination of vitamins and minerals for your bird, along with necessary fat and fiber. The main difference between the hulled sunflower seeds and the sunflower hearts is that aside from being hulled they can seem a bit more expensive. Just remember that you won't be paying for the hull, which is a saving in itself. PLUS, if you buy your white sunflower hearts in January at Camdenton Farm and Garden you can get 10% off!


Here are a few birds that really enjoy sunflower hearts (along with many others that aren't listed):

  • American goldfinches
  • Black-capped chickadees
  • Black-headed grosbeaks
  • Carolina wrens
  • Downy woodpeckers
  • Hairy woodpeckers
  • House Finches
  • Mourning doves
  • Pine grosbeaks
  • Pine siskins
  • Red-bellied woodpeckers
  • Red-breasted nuthatches
  • Tufted titmice
  • White-breasted nuthatches
  • White-throated sparrows

If you are looking for the BEST place to stock up on birdseed in Camdenton, MO, we would be glad to serve you. We have a WIDE selection, from our top-secret house blend, Jim's Mix, to a variety of other seed, nuts and more. This is a great time to make sure that your birds are being fed, with colder temps and icy weather. Of course, now is a great time to stock up on those white favorites since we have a great discount on our white birdseed! Come out and get your favorite whites for the January White Sale - see ya soon!

Camdenton Farm & Garden

Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

www.CamdentonFarmAndGarden.com



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