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Winter comes early

November 2014

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White-crowned Sparrow
November Bird of the Month
Apart from the falling leaves and temperatures, I am further made aware that we are in the midst of a seasonal change when I see the White Crowned Sparrows appearing in my backyard and at the Nature Center. They can be seen busily double scratching the ground to turn up seeds. A backwards scratch to turn over leaves to reveal seeds, then a forward hop to collect their prize.  It is one of North America's native short-range migratory sparrows that can be found across the Central Great Plains and Midwest during the winter months, showing up in our gardens and under backyard bird feeders. Their summer breeding range is across most of Northern Canada and in parts of some Western States....read more

Is it a White-crowned or White-throated Sparrow

Dave's November Bird Chatter

This is a wonderful time of year to get outdoors before more frigid weather arrives. Take a field guide and a pair of binoculars and enjoy the birds you see. Watch for hawks sitting along the roadway. Its great fun just to keep track of the number of birds you can observe. Just a short drive or walk down a trail will produce an amazing number of bird species during the fall bird migration. 

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Dave's Bird Feeder Pick of the Month

Elevated platform bird feeders are a non-exclusive bird feeder meaning it does not exclude any bird. Large and small birds alike can access it very easily. It is a very versatile feeder when it comes to the food you can offer your birds. Along with about any mix of quality wild bird feed you can add mealworms, fruit, and grit. Best yet it is easy to clean and maintain.


I have several platform feeders in my yard and I find them to be Jay W/P On Platform one of the most active and exciting bird feeders in my bird feeding program. On one open platform bird feeder mounted on a steel pole with a squirrel baffle I feed both shelled and in-shell peanuts for Blue Jays, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and an occasional Cardinal.


A second covered platform bird feeder  is mounted on a 4 X 4 post with a squirrel baffle. In this feeder I use Nutra safflower seed when the blackbirds are here. This really cuts down on them over-powering the feeder and running off the other birds.  In late autumn to spring, when the blackbirds are gone,  I switch to using sunflower hearts.  You could also use black oil sunflower seed or one of the nut based specialty mixes as well. On a daily basis there is always activity at this feeder.


I also have a hanging platform bird feeder suspended in a tree that I only use one of the safflower seeds in (traditional white safflower or Nutra-safflower). Again this feeder is very attractive to a variety of the birds especially Cardinals. And using the safflower I don't have to worry about squirrels raiding it even though it is very accessible to them hanging in a tree.


The squirrel baffles I use are 100% effective from allowing squirrels to climb the pole. However you must keep in mind the feeder MUST NOT be located within 7 to 8 feet of a fence, tree branch, or deck railing. Given the opportunity if a squirrel cannot climb the pole to get to the feast they will make an attempt to lunge to the feeder from a nearby object.


All of the platform bird feeders in my yard have removable screens or can be removed from the mount so they are easy to keep clean. I recommend you have at least one of the six basic bird feeders in your yard to attract the largest variety of birds to your offerings. But I find the post mounted platform bird feeder to be the most exciting, easiest to maintain,  and the best at keeping problem animals at bay.


If you are interested in a post mounted platform bird feeder ask about our special offer during November. I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed with the addition it makes in your backyard bird feeding program.


Backyard Winter Sparrows
If you see a small brown bird in your backyard on the ground scratching among the leaves and mulch with its feet, you're looking at a native sparrow and it is worth taking the time to identify it. The scratching action is their method of foraging for food in an attempt to turn up seeds. House Sparrows on the other hand sweep the ground with their bills. In fact House Sparrows are not sparrows at all but a Weaver Finch that was introduced from Europe in the mid 1800's.  
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