9048 Whimbrel Watch Lane, Unit 202

Naples, FL 34109                                                     July 7, 2015




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Summer Birding Tips!!
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Summer is the season when hummingbirds are probably mobbing your feeders. Summer is also the season when newly-hatched birds are chirping to be fed and preparing to leave the nest.
Too Many Hummingbirds?

I never had this problem, but some folks in Arizona, Colorado and California often get dozens and dozens of hummingbirds coming to their feeders.


The trick is to have the right number of feeders and to make sure they are the right size for your yard. If you live east of the Rocky Mountains, you will attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the summer. Out west you may see six or seven species in your yard - even more in southeastern Arizona! Did you know that 19 of the 338 species of Hummingbirds have been seen in the United States? The rest are in Central and South America.


You will want to keep the Hummingbird's nectar fresh, so a 12 or 16 ounce feeder is ideal. Since Hummingbirds are very territorial, we suggest that you place two or three feeders in your yard in a shady spot protected from the wind. Once they know the feeders are there, you might want to move them closer to your house for a better view.


To make the nectar, mix one cup of white sugar with four cups of water. Boil for 1-2 minutes and cool. Keep this mixture in a sealed container in your refrigerator and use it to refill the feeders every few days. Do NOT add red food coloring.


If you have a LOT of hummers in your yard you may want 32 ounce feeders. Remember, you do not have to fill them all the way to the top. For any feeder, it is important to clean them in hot water every three days to prevent mold.


Recommended Feeders

Recommended Hummingbird Books


Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at Feeder

A Fantastic Free Bird ID App For Your Cell Phone

Answer five simple questions about a bird you are trying to identify and Merlin will come up with a list of possible matches. Merlin offers quick identification help for beginning and intermediate bird watchers to learn about North America's most common birds!

Baby Birds and Their Nests

I had a lot of fun recently watching the newly-hatched Ospreys and Swallow-tailed Kites squawking and begging for food here in Naples, Florida. They both use a jumbled pile of sticks as a nest, but somehow they manage!


Perhaps you have a Dove building a nest near your porch - or you found a Robin's nest in the tree out back. Maybe you were lucky enough to find the woven hanging nest of a Baltimore Oriole.


This is a good time of year to go birding with your ears. You might discover hidden nests with birds begging for food. Listen carefully at the woodpecker hole as mom brings back lunch to the kids! If you find a nest can you identify it? These resources may help:

A Guide to Eggs, Nests & Nestlings

Thayer's Birds of North America
This amazing computer program covers 985 birds and includes 1,400 bird songs and 6,000 photos, including 542 photos of eggs and nests from the Chicago Academy of Sciences.


Barred Owl Fledgelings
 Barred Owl Fledglings


Summer is a great time of year to spend some quality time watching the birds interact with each other. How are the adults handling the pressures of feeding hungry mouths? How do they react to potential predators? Are you noticing any begging behavior by young birds that are still learning to fly and hunt for food on their own?


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Good Birding,

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Pete Thayer, President


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology owns a small portion of Thayer Birding Software and WildBirds.com
Thayer Birding Software | 800-865-2473 | pete@thayerbirding.com | http://www.thayerbirding.com
 9048 Whimbrel Watch Lane, Unit 202
Naples, FL 34109