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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

Hello Everyone,

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 suet feeder, one sunflower seed feeder, one thistle feeder, one platform feeder for offering fruit and one hummingbird feeder.

The thistle feeder is important since goldfinches tend to nest a little later that other species. Since they are still nesting they are searching for high-energy food. Since many larger fruits are not available in the wild yet, birds like orioles and tanagers can be attracted using sliced fruits and raisins.

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. Bird watching 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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June Checklist:

  • Relax and enjoy the birds in your yard
  • Reduce your feeders
  • Offer fruit using a platform feeder
  • Keep your hummingbird feeders full
  • Watch for baby birds at your feeders
  • Install a bird bath with a fountain

June Recipe:

Eggshell Suet for Bluebirds

From: Nola Weber
(Ambridge, Pa.)

  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup chicken scratch(I use cracked corn)
  • 1/3 cup washed, dried and crushed eggshells

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.

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We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions about the birds in your backyard please let us know. We are happy to answer any questions you have. We would also like to hear any comments about our website or this newsletter. Please use our Contact Us for to get in touch with us.

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!

Happy Birding,
John

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