Madison, Wisconsin

Bob & Jan Ross

Bob & Jan Ross

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Madison, Wisconsin

8402 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53562

Phone: (608) 664-1414
Fax: (608) 664-1416
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: We are located just West of the Beltline exit to Old Sauk Road about 1.5 blocks, just west one store after the Walgreens on your right, at the intersection of Old Sauk Road and Junction Road.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bluebirds

Bluebird Picture

1)  What do Bluebirds eat?

Bluebirds are insect eaters and prefer insect larva such as catepillars.  We offer live mealworms for feeding these beautiful birds.

2) How do I place my bluebird house?

Bluebird houses need to be placed about 30 yards from any tree and sizable brush.  It is also an advantage to keep it as far from water as possible.  The rule of thumb is that 100 yards needs to be kept between bluebird houses.  All houses should be ready by March 1st, but having them really in the fall when the ground is not frozen makes for better sense.

3)  Do bluebirds migrate?

Yes, but some will stay the winter.  Most bluebirds spend the summer in the south including Southern Illinois and the Ohio Valley, so they do not migrate far.  We keep a supply of live mealworms in stock for our customers who feed bluebirds over the winter.

4)  I've seen more than two bluebirds going into a nesting box?

Yes, it has been demonstrated that previous brood members will return and help feed newer nestlings of the same parents.  Both parents are invovled with feeding the nestlings as well as previous nesting broods.

5)  What color are bluebird eggs?

95% are blue in color, while a smaller portion will be white.

6)  What other birds are commonly known to use birdbird houses for nesting?

Several species will use bluebird houses, but many times it is a function of where the houses are placed.  House wrens, tree swallows and, unfortunately, house sparrows are the most common bluebird house users, and these can often be minimized by keeping the house as far away from water and houses as possible.  Wrens are often viewed favorably for nesting.

7)  What do bluebirds eat during the winter since insects are not an option?

Many customers feed bluebirds duirng the winter with mealworms (we stock them year around).  However, bluebirds have been found to grow their intestines longer for the winter that allows them to digest berries and other similar fruit.

8)  How can deter house sparrows from using the bluebird nesting houses?

Good question!  There are several approaches that can be taken.  First is to cover the openings of the bluebird houses after the last nesting period (October through February) so house sparrows will not use them in the winter.  If house sparrows are a continual problem, you can purchase sparrow traps for the bluebird boxes and capture them.  Third, house sparrows are reluctant to use house placed in an open area.  This is often the best method, but it does not always work out.