Archive for the ‘Bird Feeders’ Category

Make your yard attractive to a variety of fine-feathered visitors

July 11, 2011

Photo courtesy of Duncraft

A lush yard also helps birds feel safe, noted David Bonter, an ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. He suggests collecting twigs and branches that fall out of trees to create brush piles for predator protection.

House cats in the outdoors kill millions of birds each year, he said, adding that keeping them inside is a good idea both for the cat, who can contract diseases and parasites, as well as for the birds.

Another way to attract birds to your yard is with food. Bonter advises against buying elaborate mixes birds will pick through to find what they like. Instead, fill each bird feeder with one type of seed that will help attract the birds you want.

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From the Corner You Can See the Bay

July 7, 2011

You see, we’d had this cheap assed little bird feeder hanging on the back, deck outside the kitchen’s sliding glass doors for about seven or eight years. A lot of birds came to feed, including a flock of pigeons (they call then) doves in south Florida but I know a pigeon when I see one), Well, Tom had sawed off most of the perch rods at the feeder, so the pigeons couldn’t roost but posed no problem for smaller species. The pigeons would strut around on the ground after that to catch the seed that fell from the bird feeder unto the deck floor.

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Bird sightings: Green-tailed towhee

July 7, 2011

Courtesy Dave Allison

This bird sports a red cap on the top of its head with white lores and a white bib under the bill that is bordered by a black and white stripe. The breast is gray and the flanks buffy. The face is gray and the upper parts are an olive green. The wings and tail are edged in yellow-olive.

The green-tailed towhee is a ground bird feeder that forages by using a double scratch with its feet. It eats seeds, fruit and insects and their larvae. This towhee is easily overlooked in the underbrush.

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Bird Feeders

July 7, 2011

Photos by Don Reimer

by Don Reimer

Numerous articles have outlined the basic bird feeding routines. Assorted seed are recommended: black oil sunflower and niger seed are staples; “scratch seed” such a fine-cracked corn or millet, thrown down for ground feeding birds. Suet is a welcoming diet for woodpeckers and others. Since suet may turn rancid in hot summer weather, I parcel it out sparingly to the baby woodpeckers arriving at bird feeders daily. Water is also a positive element in attracting birds. And adequate cover adds a sense of security as birds feed.

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Tracking beauty on the wing

July 6, 2011

As eastern painted buntings flock to bird feeders, volunteers help scientists map their numbers

Debra Carr, 51, attracts painted buntings to her property in rural South Carolina by setting up 16 feeders brimming with white millet. When the kaleidoscope-colored birds arrive during their spring migration, usually in early April, she sets up a chair and watches them, keeping track of their numbers.

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Birdy in the Window

July 6, 2011

Photo credit: sonorannews.com

The best way to attract birds to a yard is by providing plenty of food and water.

“Most commercial bird feeders will work fine as long as they are sturdy, easy to clean, and have adequate drainage,” advised Dr. Ian Tizard, director of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.

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Calling all cardinals

July 6, 2011

Credit: Richard Tsong -Taatarii

Q I’ve been trying to attract cardinals for years with no success. We live near a wetland and there are trees around, plus I have tried seed mixes advertised as cardinal food. Any ideas?

A A funny thing about cardinals is that they’re very loyal to feeding sites, but it can be a challenge to get them to become regular guests. In my experience, a platform bird feeder is the best choice for cardinals, followed by a domed feeder with the dome raised high enough to allow them access.

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The bird is out there

July 5, 2011

Photo Credit: Margaret Wimmer

From Margaret Wimmer :

I’ve had my bird feeder for over a year, and I’ve gone through some highs and lows. Finding the right seed (the most popular seems to be Food Lion’s cheapo brand), keeping squirrels away (still find one squeezed into the feeder every now and then) and watching my cats destroy screens to get at the birds.
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But I like my feeder, and enjoy watching the birds swoop in for a snack. Some three at a time. Or, like this bird, it’ll fly in, scratch at the seed and just hang out for spell.

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Birds in hot weather

July 5, 2011

Photo credit: startribune.com

Hot weather is tough on birds as well as people. They need to avoid overheating, but have fewer ways to deal with heat issues than we do. One way birds cope is to gape and pant; they hold their bills open to facilitate more rapid exchange of air.

You can help at home by making water available in your yard. If you have a bird bath keep it filled with clean water. Bird bath water fouls easily.

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It’s a quiet time in the bird world

July 5, 2011

It’s a quiet time of the year for birds and birders.

Most of our local residents are busy raising their families and aren’t even all that frequent at bird feeders.

It’s the time of year when birders start looking into other interests, like plants, butterflies, dragonflies and more. The timing couldn’t be better; the recent warm weather helped hatch a great crop of dragonflies that have naturalists busy trying to locate and identify.

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