Good Resource: BirdCast Migration Forecasts
Want to know what spring migrants are on your doorstep? What the next species of warbler in your backyard should be? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's BirdCast site provides a regional analysis of migration patterns and a forecast for arriving and departing species in the week ahead. Check out BirdCast to see what you can find this week and for the rest of the spring.
May/June 2017 - The Veep's Peep
It’s baby season! The business of bird breeding is all around us, and parents are working overtime to feed their young’uns. Nest-building, egg-laying, incubation, feeding growing nestlings and taking care of demanding fledglings – all these activities require a lot of time, energy and commitment. And then some species do it all again – bluebirds and wrens, for example, may produce several broods in a season. Others, such as nuthatches and many warblers, have only one brood, although they may re-nest if the first nesting attempt fails.
If you’d like to have birds nesting in your yard, the most important things you can do for them are: provide the right habitat, keep them safe from predators, provide fresh water, and offer food. Since this year's nesting season is already well under way, here are some tips to consider in preparing for next spring:
Anyone who has witnessed a baby bird making its first attempts to land smoothly, or noisily begging with wings fluttering, or that magical moment when it leaves its cozy nest box for the big outdoor world, can surely not help but smile and wonder at the miracle of such tiny creatures’ survival. Enjoy!
The Piedmont Bird Club is always happy to hear from non-members, and we extend a warm and cordial welcome to anyone who would like to experience one of our outside or inside activities. Check our calendar for details.
I look forward to seeing you very soon!
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