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December News from Wild Bird Habitat Store

Happy Holidays  

Stop in at either Wild Bird Habitat Store and check out our Holiday Specials. Give the gift of nature to a freiend or loved one. It may just begin a new lifelong passion. 

115th Christmas Bird Count

December 2014

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Brome Classic
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Squirrel Buster Classic
Squirrel Proof Bird
 
This squirrel proof bird feeder has openings in the wire shroud that align with the seed ports and provide birds access to the seed. When a squirrel climbs onto the feeder, its weight automatically forces the shroud down, closing access to the seed ports. 
 
 
 
 
 

    

Squirrels!  

Love'em or not ya gotta admire their ability to challenge us. Here are some

Fun Squirrel Facts

 

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Snow Bunting  
December Bird of the Month

One thing is inevitable. Winter is on the way and it is going to snow. So I thought it appropriate to feature the Snow Bunting as December's bird of the month. It is a bird that endures wintry climates more than any other bird of its size. Snow Buntings are Arctic specialists, breeding across the Northern Hemisphere in the Arctic. In fact the only other bird species to nest that far north is the Common Raven. Just as Juncos are known as "snowbirds" since its arrival precedes the first snow falls, the Snow Bunting is sometimes called a "snowflake" as flocks of buntings in flight remind some of a snowstorm.

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115th Annual

It's December and time for National Audubon's 115th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Anyone with any level of birding experience is encouraged to participate in this one day count. It's fun, educational, and provides a great service for our North American birds. Participants may count the birds at their backyard bird feeders, be assigned a location to count birds, or count the birds in the designated areas where Christmas Bird Counts will be taking place.

 

The data collected by observers over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, Project Feeder Watch, and the Great Backyard Bird Count, it provides a picture of how the continent's bird populations have changed in time and space over the past hundred years.

 

The long term perspective made possible by the Christmas Bird Count is vital for conservationists. It helps to develop strategies to protect birds and their habitat and helps to identify environmental issues that impacts humans as well. For example, local trends in bird populations can indicate habitat fragmentation or signal an immediate environmental threat, such as groundwater contamination or poisoning from improper use of pesticides and herbicides.

Nebraska Christmas Bird Count dates, locations, and contact information:

To participate in the Christmas Bird Count you must register with the coordinator in the area where you will be counting birds.
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Dave Dave's December Bird Chatter

December is the month for the annual Christmas Bird Count. Now in its 115th year, it is fun and adventurous. There are always a number of rare or unusual birds that are sighted. If you can participate in the field, it can be rewarding. If not, perhaps you will watch your feeders on count day and report the birds you see. Often times, counting birds at backyard bird feeders is the difference between a successful count and an average count since it allows many more individuals and families to participate. Become a citizen scientist and provide valuable data so biologists can determine the state of our birds. In February Wild Bird Habitat will be promoting another bird count where biologists rely on citizens across North America to observe and provide information on birds. The 15th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count will be February 13 to 16, 2015.

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Dave's Bird Feeder Pick of the Month

 

Nyjer Thistle Seed Bird Feeders

Nyjer thistle seed bird feeders target members of the finch family. Goldfinch, HouseFinch, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin. Made from acrylic, or durable poly-carbonate tubes with die-cast metal perches, caps, and bases. Check out the Droll Yankee, Aspects, and Vari-craft seed tube feeders with EZ-Clean bottoms. Many have a manufacturers lifetime warranty.

 

Use only fresh Nyjer thistle or a finch mix of 50% thistle seed and 50% fine sunflower chips. All bird seed is required by law to label contents. Avoid any wild bird feed with filler seeds rarely eaten by backyard birds.

 

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Suet Log w/WP Just for Woodpeckers

Wild Bird Habitats Best selling suet logs & suet plugs. Provides high energy fat and protein for: woodpeckers, nuthatches, Chickadees, Brown Creepers, and winter wrens.
 

 Colorful Cardinals Add Holiday Excitment

Can anything beat the sight of a bright red Cardinal against a backdrop of white snow? As a resident of the Eastern Great Plains, the Northern Cardinal is a faithful visitor to feeders and can be one of the easier species to attract. It is such a popular and widespread species throughout the east, that it is the state bird for seven states and the mascot for professional baseball and football teams.

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Attracting Cardinals to your Yard

One of our favorite backyard birds is the Northern Cardinal. It is common to have numerous Cardinals in your yard feeding. It is not that they congregate in a flock, but if one or more Cardinals find a steady food source it attracts the attention of others who join in.  Although they are opportunistic there are certain feeders they prefer. Since they like to perch on large areas to feed, a hopper style bird feeder with a sizable area to perch works well as does a platform bird feeder. If you want to attract them to a seed tube bird feeder you'll need to install a tray on the bottom. Their preferred wild bird food is black oil sunflower seed, hulled sunflower seed, safflower seed, and of course peanuts.

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