We are very fortunate in Carlsbad to have a fine bird shop. It is called WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED. It's not very large but it has masses of things in it of interest to bird watchers. In addition to all kinds of bird seed, suet and meal worms, it has many different kinds of feeders, squirrel baffles and an assortment of attachments for your feeder. It also has books on birds, videos and bird song CD's.There are fountains, waterfalls, garden sculptures for you yard and metal wall sculptures for indoors, all kinds of bird, flower and garden pictures, note cards and even beautiful jewelry. If this sounds like an ad for the store it really is not, it's just one of my favorite stores.
You can see the many colorful flags of birds, and and butterflies in the doorway.
This is part of the inside of the shop:
Please click on this photo to enlarge this shot to see more details, too numerous to mention, that are available.
At the side of the shop, (it is on a corner) there is a patio and one or two picnic tables. They hold barbecues here on special sales event days.
Behind the patio is a bird feeding area which is usually filled with birds. I think a hawk must have been around the day I took this photo. But you can sit and eat and watch the birds at the same time.
This is the kind of seed we usually buy -- the "No mess Blend" along with Nyjer Thistle seed for gold finchesand suet blocks for the scrub jays.
Unfortunately the tree rats and ground squirrels are also partial to bird seed. But it's still fun to see all this wild life around our house.