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The Backyard Birder, Issue #011 June, June is a month to enjoy the benifits of your hard work.
June 03, 2008
Well it is hard to believe that spring is almost over. If you have made improvements to your yard or bird feeding station, June is the
month to start enjoying the benefits of your hard work. Take some time to relax and watch the new wild birds that are visiting your yard
and listen to the beautiful songs they offer.
Later in the month you may notice parents bringing their hatchings to your feeders for the first time. If you are lucky, you may get to
watch mom feed her youngsters right at your feeders – what a treat!
You may notice that traffic at your bird feeders will begin to slow as
more natural food sources become available. And as temperatures rise,
early mornings and evenings will be the busiest times at your feeding station. I usually reduce my feeders to one
one sunflower seed feeder, one thistle feeder,
one platform feeder for offering fruit and
one hummingbird feeder.
If you are looking for a way to add some excitement to your backyard bird habitat – just add water. If you don’t have a
birdbath, you should.
It will be the most popular area in your yard. Not all wild birds will eat the food you offer, but they will be attracted to water. If you
add movement to the water using a fountain, the bird bath will be almost irresistible. The easiest way to add a fountain to your bird bath
is with a solar powered fountain pump. Just place the solar
panel in the sun and you have moving water with no added electrical cost.
With all the talk of high gas prices everyone is looking for ways to have fun while saving money and staying close to home.
is a very economical hobby and a great way to enjoy nature. You don’t have to go on a long trip to find great birds. Your backyard, a local
park or a nearby nature preserve are all great places to start.
Binoculars make bird watching easier but they are not essential.
You will need a field guide, but if you don’t want to buy one, borrow one
from your local library. So pack a lunch and spend a day bird watching. You may be surprised at how fun and cheap it can be.
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Eggshell Suet for Bluebirds
From: Nola Weber
Melt lard over low heat, Add peanut butter.
Stir until melted. Add other ingredients and mix well.
I reuse store bought suet pans. Or you can line a baking pan with wax paper.
Spread into pan and cut into squares.
Freeze for about one hour. Remove cakes and store in baggies in the freezer.
Not need to that before serving.
Chicken scratch comes in 50 lb bags -- I find the cracked corn works.
This year I have two bluebird couples coming to eat. But lots of other birds like this too.
I am proud to offer a new ebook for you to download. It is called
“Easy to Make Wild Bird Food Recipes”. If you submit a recipe, the book is yours for FREE! If you want to purchase this great ebook it is
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News from My Feeders in May:
May is one of my favorite months. Many new birds visited my feeders including evening and
rose breasted grosbeaks,
dark-eyed juncos, indigo
buntings, orioles and
ruby-throated hummingbirds. The most exciting birding event
around our house in May is the new arrivals in the tufted titmouse nest
under our deck. A pair has nested there every year for the past eight years! This year there are four new hatchlings. As of
today they have their first feathers. We can watch from a window in our basement as mom flies back and forth feeding them moths she catches
in the yard. It a wonder to see!
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