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Participate in a  Bird Count

 

Project Feeder Watch is a very worthwhile  program sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  Feeders are observed for a period of time and the number of birds visiting the feeders  is recorded, along with weather conditions and the length of time observed.  This data is used by the lab to track bird activity in winter.  The variety of birds attracted to feeders in the winter is amazing.  Some of the visitors to my feeders this feeder watching season are pictured to the right.  I am able to attract a large variety of birds using black oil sunflower seeds, thistle, suet mixtures, peanuts, and the good old standby...white bread.  You will find more information, including how to sign up, at the  Project FeederWatch Home Page.  This is a great activity to do with your grandkids.

Plan Your  Backyard Wildlife Habitat

 

Winter  is the perfect time to plan that Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Include berry bearing trees and shrubs that provide food for migrating and local birds.  Blue Girl and Blue Boy Hollies are great choices.  You must plant at least one male if you are going to have holly berries.  Make sure the sex of the plant is marked on the pot tag.  An annual dressing of acid will keep your blue holly blue.  Easy to grow.  Planning is perhaps the most important step to a successful habitat.  A good place to start is to make a list of the birds and other wildlife you want to attract.  Choose plants that will attract the species you have chosen.

 

Landscaping for wildlife is gardening at its very best.  Native plants, when chosen, require the least amount of care, leaving more time for enjoying the garden.  Birds play an important part in planting a natural habitat.  Natural scarification of seeds birds have eaten occurs during digestion.  The seeds are passed in excrement, landing where it will surly grow to produce fruit and nectar for the next generation.  It is always a treat to see just what are feathered friends have planted with each new growing season.  It is your choice to keep the new plants or treat them as weeds.  I have a Red Twig Dogwood the birds planted last year that is growing quite nicely.  Others in my habitat include Pin Oak, American Holly,  and Sugar Maple. You may transplant them once they have started growing if you don't like where the birds planted them.  Berry bearing native vines are another plant you may see sprouting up in your habitat.     

Virginia Creeper is a native fruit bearing vine often naturalized by wild birds.  It is an important food source to over 35 species of  birds.  Unfortunately it is a poison ivy look a like and is often destroyed for that reason.   

Just added are Quick Time videos of birds.  Don't miss the newest one "Song Sparrow Video.  A Quick Time Plug-in  is need to view these movies.

For the Birds

Is your Habitat Ready for Winter?

 

It's time to make your habitat ready for winter!   

  • Clean all of your feeders with a solution of one part chlorine bleach to ten parts water.

  • Place your feeders now, before bad weather so the birds will become familiar with their location.  Place them where they will be safe from predators.

  • Clear all debris from small ponds.  Decaying leaves and other vegetable matter will rob the water of precious oxygen.

  • Plan to have a bird bath available, one made of plastic or another material that will not be harmed by the freezing weather.

  • Sign up for Project Feeder Watch

 

 

 

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