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How to Prepare for Winter Bird Feeding in 8 Steps?

Wild Bird Ballyhoo

10 Facts You May Not Know About Our Beloved Chickadee

Quips & Queries

Cute & Cuddly is the #1 Wild Bird Predator

Bird Bluff or Bird Believable

Heated Bird Baths - Yes or No?

News & Reviews

Project Feeder Watch
Attention Educators

Coming Up...

Making Christmas & Holiday Seasons Merry for Our Feathered Friends

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How to prepare for winter bird feeding in 8 steps will make your bird watching more enjoyable and smoother. Planning ahead of time can ease the way into the change of season and avoid problems.
Please Enjoy The 8 Step Plan

Wild Bird Ballyhoo

10 Facts You May Not Know About Our Beloved Chickadee:
  1. Mating between Chickadees is monogamous. 
  2. They work together to build the nest in a cavity of a tree or bird house and line the nest with plant down, moss, feathers, hair and insect cocoons. 
  3. Both Mom and Dad will sit on the nest to let their warm body’s incubate the eggs, while the other one is free to feed them both. 
  4. When the chicks hatch both parents share in feeding and nursery care duties of their 6-8 babies. (Sometimes even a Cowbird chick.)
  5. What’s on a Chickadee’s menu? Bugs including spiders and their eggs, conifer seeds, fruit and your feeder food.
  6. What happens when the female is threatened while sitting on the nest? She makes an explosive snake-like hiss!
  7. “Mobbing” is a common bird activity that Chickadees participate in as a group with other Chickadees and other small birds. You guessed it, the focus is always a predator, to get them to move on.
  8. Chickadees are “perching birds”. And before you email me to say you thought this was 7 facts you didn’t know?!! Their scientific “order” is “Passeriformes” which means “perching birds”. And they are not alone in this “order”, 59% of the world's 10,120 species are Passeriformes!
  9. Chickadees are non-migratory. Staying in the area they were all summer, they band together as the colder weather approaches. They gather together in mixed age groups in flocks of about 12. When meeting other groups some younger members may cross over to join the other band. (Tipical "teenage" zeal!)
  10. “A wintering chickadee living at forty degrees below freezing must spend something like twenty times as much time feeding per day as it would in the warmth of spring.” Therefore, two of the best foods for these little birds in winter is black-oil sunflower seed and suet. Something to think about when you see these little favourites at your feeder this winter!
The information and quote above about the Chickadee is from
Thayer Birding Software.

Quips & Queries

Cute & Cuddly is the #1 Wild Bird Predator.
  • They kill more wild birds than any other predator. 
  • This predator kills 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds a year in the US alone.
  • There is a solution and it rests with us.
Find Out Who It Is Here

Bird Bluff OR Bird Believable?

Is it true heated bird baths are important in colder climates where there is a risk of water freezing? Let's find out..
What is the Truth About Heated Bird Baths?

News & Reviews

Project Feeder Watch

Here is something you may be very interested in.

You already watch your birds at your feeders, right? This is an opportunity to help scientists keep track of where wild birds are during winter.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology & Bird Studies Canada collaborate together on Project Feeder Watch.

How it works is, people sign-up, watch the birds at their feeder (which you probably do often already ;)), then log back into the website and enter what you saw that day. You can report as many days or as few, as you like.

Scientists use this information to track the movements of wild birds during the winter months.

It is easy to sign-up and they don’t require a lot of info from you. You can read more about this project and join at Project Feeder Watch.

If you are feeling a little insecure about whether you will be able to identify all the birds at your feeders everyday, there is a birding software tool that will help tremendously. 

You download it to your computer or get the USB drive, it makes it easy discovering who those birds are at your feeders.

It’s called Thayer Birding Software. I purchased mine a month ago and love it! It has so much more too other than help you identify birds. Which is enough in itself.  Have a look for yourself here.
Thayer Birding Software
Last issue of Wild Bird Scoop I gave you the link to sign up to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) taking place in February 17-20, 2017. (Here is the link in case you missed it.) 
Great Backyard Bird Count
Attention Educators!
Check Out These Resources From Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Teacher Aids:
Feathered Friends Activities
BirdSleuth Investigator

Coming Up...

Bird Watching

Wherever you bird watch whether it be in your backyard, neighbourhood park or far off, surprises and discovery await. You will need some aids and to know things to make your bird watching more meaningful. I will share some interesting and helpful things with you.

Making Christmas & Holiday Seasons Merry for Our Feathered Friends 

We all know that holidays are busy days. So preparation is important to plan out what needs to be done to increase the likely hood of enjoying this special time with family and friends.

So get your outside work completed early and make your wild birds some holiday fun too. Not to increase their enjoyment because they will of course consume your offerings whether they are plain or decorated, but for yours.

Imagine your home is decorated and meals are planned. You are sitting down one morning to relax with a cup of your favourite hot drink before your busy day begins. You look outside to see who is visiting your feeders and yes!

There are all those fun treats you made for your feathered friends to enjoy!

Ok, they don’t care if the suet balls have a sprig of holly attached or if the swag looks great tied up with that handsome plaid bow, but you do. Your outdoor space has all of a sudden been transformed to be an extension of your indoors and you love it!

Some great ideas coming your way next time!
I really hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this newsletter, even half as much as I have enjoyed preparing it
 
… and that’s "The Scoop" for now!

Happy Birding!

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