You know where to get food for yourself, but what about delicacies for your fine feathered friends?
The Wild Bird Center off Snowden River Parkway in Columbia is a store that specializes in bird food, bird feeders and some accessories like stuffed animals, lawn art, and cards. I'm no expert on bird food, but these folks will sell you a mix designed to attract exactly the birds that you want to see on your feeders.
I'm a generalist, but I like buying mixes that won't germinate in my garden. My bird feeders are among shrubs, and the wrong mix of seeds creates a carpet of weeds in a matter of weeks. Wild Bird Center is in the same Columbia shopping center as Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery -- so it's a great excuse to get a snack for yourself and snack for the birds as well.
Wild Bird Center
6955F Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21045
NEAR: This is in the shopping center at Oakland Mills and Snowden River Parkway. You enter from Oakland Mills, then take the first right. You'll pass Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery on the right, then you'll see the Wild Bird Center at the end of the shopping center on the left. It faces away from Snowden.