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Feeding the Birds
Our penstemon in the front went crazy in April, and attracted several black-chinned hummingbirds, and at least one male Costa's. Now that the penstemon is starting to fade, we put up a hummingbird feeder in the back, and can't wait to see what else we can bring in.
Feeding birds is a fun pass-time, but it can be dangerous to our feathered friends if not done properly. A few simple precautions can prevent the spread of disease and parasites, and reduce predation:
-clean all feeders several times a year with a 10% non-chlorinated
bleach solution, then rinse well.
-remove uneaten food that has spoiled or molded immediately.
-place feeders in open areas where cats have no cover to sneak up on feeding birds.
-for seed feeders, try to buy feed that only has one type of seed-so birds won't pick through the seed and drop they don't want on the ground. One seed per feeder also reduces cross-species interactions, preventing disease from spreading from one species to another.
Cheap mixes often have filler seeds like milo that many birds dislike, and this waste seed ends up forming a mat on the ground that can harbor disease. Cleaning under feeding stations regularly helps reduce this risk.
-In our desert, water sources can be a great way to bring in birds that aren't interested in feeding stations. Something as simple as a drip line and a rock with a bit of a hollow is all it takes. It is a good idea to clean the area occasionally with the bleach/water mix as well. Our water "dish" is actually a small satellite TV receiver that the company wasn't interested in retrieving when we canceled service. A little copper spray paint and a non-toxic sealant later, and we had a nice basin that we placed in the flowerbed to catch a little of the sprinkler water each morning.
Here are a few more feeder tips from the National Audubon Society.
National Audubon Website Redesigned
The National Audubon Society has just redesigned it's website, and there are a lot of great features. My favorite is an online bird guide-which includes photo galleries, art by David Sibley, maps, and recordings of birds. While this guide isn't as field friendly as a paper guide, it has many perks that make it worth a visit. Audubon Online Field Guide
Support Wildlife Research~~~
Keith Day very interested in any sightings of the following species:
Crissal Thrasher, Bendire's Thrasher, Bell's Vireo
Abert's Towhee, Virginia's Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Notations of time, place (as detailed as possible) and numbers are very important.
Records of gender, age, behavior, habitat, etc. would be helpful. His contact information follows, as well. Thank you.
Keith Day, Wildlife Biologist, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
1470 N. Airport Rd., Cedar City, UT 84721
435-865-6100 (o), 435-691-3113 (c), 435-586-2457 (fx)
Phone: 435 673-0996
Original Red Cliffs Audubon logo
design by Phil Janney
WBF drawing by Pam Wheeler (modeled
from a photo by Patrick Williams)
Cats & Dogs graphic by Toon-a-day
Today's update May 21, 2015
Artists & Birds
Field Trip Report - Grafton, Springdale
Artists & Birds article
updated May 21, 2015
Young Artists & Birds
Updated March 19, 2015
Color Me Feathered
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Great Backyard Bird Count
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Zion National Park
Birding in Zion
Snow Canyon State Park