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How to Attract Bluebirds to Your Yard

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Like most birds, bluebirds need food, water and shelter. Bluebirds however, are particular about what they like. In this article we will discuss proven techniques for attracting Bluebirds and some interesting facts about bluebirds. Continue reading

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Disease prevention

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We occasionally get questions at the Wild Bird House where someone sees a bird that looks sick and wants to know what can be done. Here are a few relatively common feeder bird diseases that people occasionally see. Continue reading

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Fall Maintenance for Purple Martin Houses

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When the Martins have left for the year, it is important to lower the housing, thoroughly clean it out and plug it up for the winter. Not only will cleaning remove any parasites and bacteria, but plugging the holes will prevent unwanted guests like Sparrows and Starlings from taking up residence. Continue reading

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Attracting bats to your yard

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Bats help us control pests. In fact, some species feast on as many as 1,000 mosquitoes an hour while other dine on thousands of pest beetles and moths a night. There are more than 1,000 species of bats in the world. All of these bats make up about a quarter of all mammals in existence. Bats help many plants: Hundreds of plant species rely on the pollinating and seed dispersal services of bats including bananas, avocados and mangos. Bats are the most diverse group of mammals: The smallest weighs less than a penny and the largest has a wingspan of up to six feet. Bats are the only mammal that can truly fly. Continue reading

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Attracking Orioles

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Not many birds catch your eye the way Oriole’s do. Their vibrant orange and black colors are almost surreal. To go along with their striking appearance, Orioles have a beautiful song. Which they like to sing in the early morning.For those of us that are lucky enough to have them, we certainly want to keep them. And for those who don’t have them, I’m always asked how to attract them. There are many things you can do to attract them, but first you should understand their habitat and when they are here in our area. Continue reading

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Where are my Goldfinches?

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A question I am frequently asked is where are the Goldfinches? Have they migrated? The American Goldfinch is a year round resident of Kansas. It is the only member of the family Fringillidae that molts twice a year. It molts in the spring, usually around April when the male grows the striking yellow feathers and black wings and black cap on top of his head, and the female changes into a lighter yellow-brown color, but not as bright as the male. In the fall, usually in September, the male loses his black cap and bright yellow color and becomes an olive green or yellowish brown, and the female a soft yellow-brown. But they don’t go anywhere, except maybe out in the woods or to your neighbor’s house because you, thinking they were gone, quit feeding them. They do seem to be a little scarcer in April and September, but this is thought to be because they are more secretive when they are molting, and in the fall, they form flocks rather than the small family groups they hang out with in the summer. Continue reading

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How can I discourage Grackles and Starlings at my feeder?

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The good news is, there are effective strategies for dealing with these birds. Although, none are without trade-offs. Continue reading

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If you water they will come!

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There is no better way to get birds flocking to your yard than a good source of ice-free fresh water. In the cold of winter when our ponds and creeks freeze over, birds will flock to an ice free birdbath. About 70% of a bird’s non-fat body tissue is water that needs to be maintained to avoid dehydration. You will see birds that you will never catch at the feeders like a flock of American Robins, Eastern Bluebirds, Carolina Wrens, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Mockingbirds. These birds stay here through the winter and change from primarily an insect diet in the summer to a berry diet in the winter. Besides, birdbaths being a source of drinking water for birds, it is also important for bathing, even in the cold temperatures. It’s vital in the winter for birds to keep their feathers in tiptop shape by bathing. By cleaning their feathers and grooming them with natural oils, our feathered friends are able to help insulate their bodies from the cold and stay warm. Customers will ask “Won’t the water freeze to their feathers or their feet stick to the bath?” No, their feet are like fingernails and don’t feel cold or freeze to things. Continue reading

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Ruby Throated Hummingbird

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Hummingbird nectar is very close in composition to the pure natural nectar hummers harvest from flowers. Sugar is their natural diet. Hummingbirds also eat insects for protein. The only caution about using hummingbird nectar is that you must mix the proper solution and clean and maintain your hummingbird feeder. Although these two tasks are small, they must be done with responsibility. Continue reading

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