Columbia, South Carolina

Diane and Brian Welte

Diane and Brian Welte

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

Columbia, South Carolina

The Village at Sandhill,
130-3 Forum Drive
Columbia, SC 29229

Phone: (803) 736-4810
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Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stop in and visit us - we're near the Bi-Lo in the Village at Sandhill.

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We can show you how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home.

Kissing CardinalsReliable, Quality Foods Draw in Courting Birds

Songwriter, Cole Porter, began his celebration of falling in love by reminding us that "birds do it." It’s no surprise that Porter chose birds as his first example, because their courtship practices can be as entertaining as they are complex.

Bird courtship displays are integral to mating and raising young. Males use a vast array of techniques to draw the attention of females. With some species, the male simply flies in front of the female to show off his luminous colors or unique markings. In others, songs are more important, and a male will mimic other songs he’s heard, apparently to impress the female with his "playlist."

Mockingbird Female birds usually choose suitors with the best genes and make their selections based upon criteria ranging from appearance, to the ability to provide, to evidence that the male can build the strongest and safest nest.

In some species, birds engage in behaviors that seem to parallel human romance. Cranes are well-known for dancing during courtship. Some birds touch bills or groom each other while evaluating their suitability as mates. Male jays and cardinals often present sunflower seeds to their potential mates.

Birds also approach "faithfulness" very differently. While most birds mate for a single season, some will mate multiple times during a season, and a handful of others – such as geese, swans, and eagles – will have only one mate until one of them dies.

Some species actually have multiple mates simultaneously. For example, after hummingbirds mate, the male will court and mate with another female. House Wrens build multiple nests and let the female choose the one she prefers. After they mate, the male may try to attract another female to occupy one of his other nests. It’s difficult for the male to care for multiple broods, unless the habitat is rich in resources.

You can observe these kinds of courtship behaviors in your yard by providing a variety of quality foods. As male birds establish territories they will include your yard if the offered foods give them a courting edge.

Visit us soon. We have all of the expert advice and quality products that will give courting birds a reason to included your yard as part of their territory.


We've joined social media with a Facebook page and hope you'll find and "Like" us on Facebook! Click on the image above (or click here) to find us on Facebook - or you can search Facebook and find us as "Wild Birds Unlimited of Columbia, SC - Northeast".

"Like" us and we'll work to bring you enlightening and fun information about our local birds and birding in general, and help you connect with others who also enjoy the great hobby of backyard bird feeding! 

Enjoy (and Feed) Your Birds!

It is our goal for you to have the best possible experience from your birdfeeding hobby. Backyard birdfeeding is the most relaxing, fulfilling, educational and enjoyable hobby that anyone, young or old, can enjoy.

At Wild Birds Unlimited, in The Village at Sandhill (northeast Columbia, SC),we aren’t just a birdseed store. We are Your Backyard Birdfeeding Specialist®, here to help bring you, your family, and nature together.

We strive to provide a great experience for you - whether you're visiting our store or browsing our website. Please take your time, and explore all the nooks and crannies of the website.  We update it regularly with current nature information, store events, helpful hints for attracting birds to your yard, and new items in the store.  Enjoy!

We also hope you'll stop by the store often to tell us about your birds, and recent events in your backyard.

Diane and Brian Welte, Owners
Ann, Mary  and Paul - Certified Birdfeeding Specialists