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A Guide to Night Sounds
A Guide to Night Sounds
Know Your Bird Sounds, Volume 1
Know Your Bird Sounds, Volume 1
Know Your Bird Sounds, Volume 2
Know Your Bird Sounds, Volume 2
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Spring 2017
Use a stiff brush on wooden feeders to remove accumulated debris. Use hot soapy water and rinse well. Make sure they are dry before filling.
Soak tube feeders in a mild bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water). Use a long handled brush to scrub. Try new feeders with a bottom that can be removed for easier cleaning!
Hot soapy water (and muscle) is good for cleaning bird baths. Rinse many times. If you used a water heater this winter, scrub it with a solution of white vinegar and water to remove mineral deposits.
Piles of hulls under the feeder? Move the feeder and rake up the hulls to give the grass underneath a chance to recover.
Disperse feeders around the yard instead of grouping them to avoid stressful overcrowding. Moving feeders to different locations also helps in eliminating bird dropping buildup.
Mid April, put out hummingbird feeders.
Be sure that any nesting boxes (bird houses) have last season’s nests cleaned out.
Use more millet for small seed eaters such as buntings, finches, or native sparrows.
Add another tube feeder to attract more goldfinches.
Try treats, such as nuts, peanuts, fruits, and peanut butter to keep birds at your feeders.
Include mealworms on tray feeders for migrant insect eaters.
Offer crushed eggshells to provide needed minerals.
Make sure you have fresh water available.
Plant annuals that will attract insects for the birds to enjoy.
Plant bushes with berries (blackberries), evergreens (junipers) and other shrubs (winterberry) for food and shelter.