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The Backyard Birder, Issue #014 September is here it is time to get ready for winter.
September 02, 2008
Great news! I have started a new blog at www.blog.a-home-for-wild-birds.com. I plan to
post three to four
times per week. Please let me know what you think. I look forward to reading your comments.
If you're a backyard birder, then you should be excited that September has arrived.
Depending on where you live, the fall migration is starting. If you live in the south you are looking forward to
the return of many of your favorite song birds, while here in the north we are sad to say goodbye to many of ours.
One of the first signs of migration is the formation of large flocks of birds. You may even have one of these
flocks invade your feeders. These birds can empty your feeders in minutes so it is important to keep your feeders
full. Many wild birds travel long distances and require large amounts of food to provide the energy they need.
But don't worry that feeding birds will keep them from migrating. The food you provide is only a portion of what
they eat. Many other factors, including hours of sunlight and tempurtures, trigger their desire to travel to their
July and August may have been a little boring at your feeders or maybe you took a few months off to enjoy other
things this summer. If so, then September is the month to get busy getting your feeders ready for fall and winter.
This is the perfect time to pull them down, inspect them for damage and give them a good
Here are a few things to consider when planning for winter feeding:
Want to attract more birds this winter? Then you may want to add a few more bird
Consider the types of birds foods you are currently offering, what's missing? Do you have a
suet bird feeder?
Are you filling your feeders every day or so? It may not be too bad now, but what about when its 5 degrees
outside? A large
hopper bird feeder will need to be filled less often.
If you're looking for a fun project, consider making an edible bird feeder.
The fall season offers us an
opportunity to create our own natural bird feeders and bird food. There are many natural sources for making a bird
seed wreath or swag. Choose from the many seed producing flowers such as - brown-eyed susans, purple cone flowers
and, of course, sunflower seed heads. You can also use dried corn cobs and many tall grasses. Here are a few
feeder projects to get you started. Experiment with any materials
available to you and see what works best.
As the leaves begin to fall and the flower blooms have passed you may think that gardening season is over. The
truth is that the fall is a great time to plan and plant. This is a great time of year to take advantage of year
end clearance sales at your local nursery or home center. Take a look at your yard and look for ways to create a
more bird friendly environment. If you're not sure what plants to look for, I have created a list of
attract seed eating wild birds and
flowers to attract hummingbirds.
If you would like to contribute content to my website now here are several places you can go:
Please don't worry that no one will be interested in what you have to say. Your story will be read by hundreds of
readers who will be
delighted and encouraged by your experiences.
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