If you have ever attempted to use a wild bird field guide to identify that mysterious bird in your backyard, you might be tempted to question the name of that bird. Exactly what is a northern mockingbird? Is there a southern mockingbird? Continue reading
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After reading this article, venture outside and listen for just a moment. Do you hear spring? Wait for it………do you hear it now?
All around your home, nature is anxiously awaiting the new life that springtime embodies. Look for that first “cardinal kiss.” Watch as the male, with a magnificent air of regal ceremony, gently offer his mate a sweet morsel of a freshly hulled sunflower kernel. A tilt of her head allows her royal majesty to accept his gift. Continue reading
by Steve White
Weirs Times Contributing Writer
When you witness your first bluebird, you’ll know why Thoreau claimed that these birds carry the sky on their backs. In the right light, no other bird shows its true American colors than the Eastern bluebird. That marvelous blue forms the backdrop for the rusty, red chest and white belly. Continue reading
by Steve White, contributing Writer
Your backyard birds have two things in mind this spring season. The first is establishing nesting territories. The second is choosing a mate. I will leave the mate choosing to the birds, let them have their fun.
The nesting territories, however, are an area where humans can lend a hand. A successful nesting season is critical for each wild bird species to achieve. The lifespan of an average songbird in your backyard is 4-6 years. The mortality rate for newborns is about 60%.
You can help your birds survive each egg-laying season by performing some simple steps. Keep pets in human control during the spring seasons. This can be accomplished using dog-runners, leashes or outdoor pens. Cats should remain indoors during this crucial time, as well. Continue reading
by Steve White
For years, birders have enjoyed the pleasure of actually witnessing, up close, the multiple stages of baby birds through the use of a nest box that attaches itself to a glass window. What makes this bird house so unique is the ability to view the parenting birds by watching from inside your home. These window houses are built without a back panel or through the use of a clear Plexiglas panel, so that when you use suction cups to attach the nest box to the glass, you can “peek-a-boo” inside the bird house.
There are many species of wild birds that will take advantage of these special window bird houses. Sparrows, chickadees, nuthatches, swallow and titmice have been known to take advantage of this free housing offered by humans. Location is the key to attracting these species. Entrance holes for any nest box must face away from the prevailing winds and rains. In the upper regions of the USA, the optimum directions for placement are south, east and west. No matter which direction you choose, it is most helpful if shrubs, bushes or small trees are nearby for protective cover. Continue reading