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April Feeding Tip

The hummingbirds are coming! The hummingbirds are coming! It is time to get those hummingbird feeders out of winter hibernation, clean them up, make up some nectar, and get them out in their summer spots. Our only eastern hummingbird species, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, is on its way north. A really fun way to watch their march northward is at the website: www.hummingbirds.net/map.html Aficionados post first arrival dates across the country and these are posted on a map of the United States. These amazing creatures weigh only 3-1/2 grams on average yet make a nonstop, 1000 mile flight across the Gulf of Mexico twice each year. No, they do not hitchhike on the backs of larger birds to make the passage! They do bulk up on nectar and insects before departing. The transit, once they make landfall, is more leisurely, with Gulf Coast sightings in late February and Canadian arrivals by mid-May. This pace is what makes map watching so much fun. The timing is related to the presence of flowering plants for which they are important pollinators. Travel too quickly can create problems with nighttime temperatures. We suspect that they go into an overnight torpor in order to survive until breakfast on particularly cold nights. Another source of amazement is something called "site fidelity." Ruby-throated Hummingbirds often return to the very same location each year. This is one of the reasons that feeding these birds over a period of time tends to increase the number present in a particular yard. Often the new visitors are young from previous years returning to their birth site. Whether you entertain one hummingbird or an extended family, feeding Ruby-throated Hummingbirds is an activity not to be missed by backyard bird-feeding hobbyists. Enjoy!

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Aspen Song® Cardinal

Have You Seen Aspen Song® Cardinal?

Aspen Song® Cardinal is ideally formulated for this select group of birds. Black Stripe Sunflower, Safflower, and Buckwheat have hard shells, but are easy crackin' for these birds. Steam-crimped Corn and Oil Sunflowers round out the mix and appeal to Blue Jays and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Who Will Show Up at the Feeder? Among the birds in your yard there are those with large bills perfectly suited to cracking open large, heavy-shelled seeds. This group includes Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (springtime), Evening Grosbeak, and Blue Jay. Blue Grosbeaks and Pine Grosbeaks occasionally visit feeders. You might even entertain a rare visitor from the north: White-winged Crossbill or Red Crossbill. What's the Best Feeder To Use? These species, some of the largest to visit your yard, feed most comfortably at platforms or hopper-style feeders. Placing one in an open area of the yard will signal a dinner invitation to the 'heavyweights.' 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): 17.0% Crude Fat (minimum): 18.7% Crude Fiber (maximum): 25.8% 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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