The Wood Thrush Shop is a locally-owned West Meade staple for backyard bird enthusiasts.

The first of its kind when it opened in 1985 on Davidson Drive — three miles northeast of its current location — store owner John Carreau took over operations more than 20 years ago.

 With a host of store regulars over its 33-year history, The Wood Thrush Shop remains a go-to place for bird feeding supplies, garden accents, outdoor gifts and birdwatching essentials like binoculars and field guides.

The shop is in the midst of its busiest season, meaning you will usually find Carreau and staff hauling bird seed to a customer’s car or providing squirrel proofing consultation to homeowners who find furry creatures feasting on feeders.

 If you want to keep up with bird news, head over to the store’s website for regular updates (www.thewoodthrushshop.com)

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Q&A with owner John Carreau

For those unfamiliar, what does The Wood Thrush Shop specialize in?

We have a lot going on, but bird feeding and bird attracting are our main streams of business. We sell gifts and other practical items, but we mostly supply bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, bluebird houses and all the other necessary hardware to attract birds to your backyard.

You mentioned it being a busy season. What’s business like this time of year?

April, May and June are the three busiest months because what’s going on with the birds, from breeding season to migration season when all the birds come to visit us for the summer from Central and South America. Those are the things we address everyday. But everyone has an issue with chipmunks, raccoons and squirrels these days, so we’ve been dealing a lot with squirrel-proof feeders.

What is something the average shopper would be surprised to know about the business?

We average about three tons of bird seed a week. So when you do the math, that’s about 160 tons of seed that move out this front door every year. But at this time of year, my orders are about eight tons a week.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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