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August Feeding Tip

August is migration time for Ruby-throated hummingbirds. Exactly when in the month they depart depends on one's location and when temperatures cool. Most have arrived in Central America by the second half of September. Some well-intentioned hummingbird aficionados take their feeders down early for fear of detaining the birds later than they should remain north. August actually is an important month to continue offering sugar water. As the population moves south, they need to refuel along the way. Migrating hummingbirds from breeding grounds north of a location, will find a stocked feeder as they travel. The feeder provides an important opportunity for travelers to rest and recharge their energy. The triggers to move south are ingrained in the birds and they will not tarry just because a feeder is present. The migration occurs in an interesting sequence. Males leave first, females follow, and the last to head out are the yearlings. An adult Ruby-throated hummingbird has less mass than a nickel, yet they fly nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico. Such a phenomenal feat requires a healthy individual stocked up on nectar and insects! Ah, but then follows a winter spent in Mexico or Central America while Old Man Winter does his thing in the northeast.

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Aspen Song® Sunflower Kernels

Have You Seen Aspen Song® Sunflower Kernels?

Sunflower kernels or 'hearts' are sunflower seeds with the shell removed. Absence of the shell means that every species that visits bird feeders can access the rich nutritional value of sunflower kernels. There is no accumulation of empty shells under feeders for the hobbyist to tend to. Because the actual food of the sunflower is exposed, it is important to offer kernels in a feeder that protects them from rain and snow. Start feeding the birds anytime and keep feeding year round. Natural food supplies are at their lowest in the spring. Spring brings exciting migrants. Summer feeding provides nutrition during breeding and nesting season. Enjoy seeing parents bring their young to your feeders. Fall and winter feeding is especially helpful during periods of cold and snow. Keep Them Healthy and Coming Back By: Providing a fresh supply of water. Placing feeders close to sheltering trees and shrubs. Cleaning your feeders and birdbaths regularly with a mild bleach solution. Raking up and removing seed hulls from under feeders Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (minimum) 19.9% Crude Fat (minimum) 38.5% Crude Fiber (maximum) 5.2% Allergen Statement: This product is processed, packaged and/or stored in facilities that also may process, package and/or store peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, eggs, milk products and soy. Not for Human Consumption.

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Latest Blog Entry: "An Autumn To Remember"

Autumn 2012 will go down in the annals of birding lore as one to remember.  True to Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast, Canadian birds are being seen at feeders in record numbers.  Reports across the northeastern US abound of western hummingbird species showing up in backyards.  And Hurricane Sandy pushed many shore migrants and pelagic birds into the interior northeast, giving landlubbers too prone to seasickness, a chance to observe ocean travelers. While I currently have about eight different feeding stations in my yard, it has been standing room only for those wanting to dine.  As the weather has chilled, dark-eyed juncos have returned to the yard in force.  There are times when as many as two dozen are picking through the grass for spilled seed.  The semi-annual chance to see species that spend summers north and winters south of my yard has kept the platform feeder busy.  White-throated sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and fox sparrows have joined the song sparrows.  Of course, the year around residents elbow their way to the table as well:  northern cardinals, blue jays, black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, mourning doves, and downy woodpeckers. Overlain on all this activity, are two of the Canadian irruptives.  About a dozen pine siskins spotted all the action and lingered in my yard for a week enjoying the Aspen Song Finch Mix.  At least three red-breasted nuthatches have also joined the melee.  At one instant, I watched a white-breasted nuthatch on one side of an Aspects Big Tube, while a red-breasted nuthatch was perched on the opposite side.  Where’s that camera?!  Any time now, the American tree sparrows should arrive.  There are regular reports of red crossbills and white-winged crossbills visiting yards throughout the region.  Expectations are that we may yet see common redpolls this winter. But it was reports of the arrival of evening grosbeaks that prompted me to put the binoculars down and head outside.  These beautiful creatures are about the size of a “pudgy” cardinal, and colored in bright yellow, black, and white.  It has been many years since I last had them in the yard.  I promptly placed a new, clear platform-style feeder in the yard: a Droll Yankees “Dorothy’s Cardinal Feeder.”  I located it out in an open area of the lawn away from trees, and filled it with Aspen Song Cardinal Mix.  By using a highly visible feeder in a wide open spot, I am hoping that this acts as a giant billboard welcoming evening grosbeaks to the property!

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