North Olmsted, Ohio | Bay Village, OH | Strongsville, OH

Sheryl & Brian Caine

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

North Olmsted, Ohio

26791 Brookpark Extension
North Olmsted, OH 44070

Phone: (440) 777-1233
Fax: (440) 777-1131
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Bay Village, Ohio

28728 Wolf Rd.
Bay Village, OH 44140

Phone: (440) 835-9422
Fax: (440) 777-1131
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Strongsville, Ohio

14178 Pearl Road
Strongsville, OH 44136

Phone: (440) 846-6443
Fax: (440) 846-6445
Email: Send Message

Store Hours:
Mon - Wed: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Song Sparrow

How To Better Identify
Birds for GBBC

As a Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) participant, you may see birds you don’t know. To identify lesser-known birds, practice answering the following  questions, looking at a bird from the top down.

1. Silhouette

Look at the bird’s overall size, shape and posture. Is it the size of  something familiar like a sparrow, robin or crow? How does it sit, perch or fly?

2. Head Markings

Does the bird have a colorful or striped cap? Is there a stripe above or through the eye, or does it have an eye ring or  “spectacles?” Look for cheek patches or a mustache. Is there a white throat patch?

3. Body Markings

What are the overall back, breast and belly colors? What’s on the chest: a patch, spots, streaks or is it clear? Are the flanks (sides of body) clear or  streaked? Is there a white or yellow rump patch?

4. Wing Markings

Are the wings a different color than the body? Are there wing bars or spots?

5. Tail Shape and Markings

Is the tail long or short compared to the body? Is it forked, squared, pointed  or another shape? Are there certain colors or vertical or horizontal stripes?

We offer a variety of binoculars that will provide clear views and field guides that will help you determine a bird’s identity. With practice, you will quickly  gather all the clues you need to positively identify birds.

For more tips on how to better identify birds, visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org/.