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Black-capped Chickadee Eating Corn
One of the Outstanding Photos from the 
Wild Birds Winter "Chow Time" Contest
 

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(*v*More Ways to Support Birds This Spring..

(*v*Welcoming Blackbirds to Your Backyard..

(*v*Have You Voted Yet? It's the Last Day!
Dead Trees or "Snags" Provide Numerous Ways of Life Support for Birdlife & Many Other Creatures in a Complete Cycle of Life
 

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More Ways to Support Birds This Spring

Continuing with ways to support our wild birds during the spring:
  • Another spring clean-up tip. Consider letting dead trees stand. Here's why:
Why Snags are Needed by Wild Birds
 
  • Provide the type of bird housing that meets the needs of the birds you want to attract.

How To Build A Bird House The Right Way

Building Bird Houses That Get The Movers Hired

 
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Baltimore Oriole Sipping from a Feeder Adapted Just for Orioles
 

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We Welcome This Blackbird Family Member to Visit Our Yard

Orioles are stunning birds to look at and in the spring, delightful to hear. So many of us try to attract them to our outdoor spaces so we can enjoy this beautiful bird.

In the seasons when there are no leaves on the trees, I am always on the lookout for their sac like hanging nest. They prefer elm trees as their favourite nesting tree, but since the elms have declined in some parts of North America, the Orioles have favoured maple and cottonwood trees.

They will drink the same nectar we make for Hummingbirds, but require a specialized feeder with larger holes and perches. They eat a variety of bugs and fruits as well. That is why they also love fruit jelly when provided.

We can help our Baltimore Orioles survival by:
  • putting out oriole nectar feeders
  • planting fruit bearing plants
  • setting out orange halves
  • providing mealworm feeders (they don't have to be alive and wriggly, dried ones are fine.  ;-) )
  • hanging small bowls of apple or especially grape jelly
They are a joy to attract to our backyard space and we want to make sure we are following safe bird feeding practices so as not to harm any of our feathered friends.

I would like to pass on to you a caution I read about jelly feeders. Here is the article which I highly recommend you read if you already feed jelly to Orioles or if you plan to this summer. 
 
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Cardinal Dining on Bird Seed Mix
 

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You are Invited to Cast Your Vote for Your Favourite 3 Photos

This is the last day to vote in the Wild Birds Winter "Chow Time" Photo Contest!

It's not easy I will admit. They all have their merits, especially the one titled "Big Bird at Feeder". It is rumoured that it is really a rare Arctic Kangaroo Bird that is posing as a "snow bird" for the winter!

But seriously, have a look at all the amazing entries.
 
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