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Birding Tips & Ideas

Many backyard birds provide excellent, natural insect control!!!
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Be sure to clean your birdbath every day or two. Dirty water can harbor harmful bacteria, mold and mildew. If you clean it often enough, a hose and scrub brush are all you’ll need. If the task requires more, use a 10% bleach to water solution and be sure to flush it with water thoroughly afterwards.
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If your seed feeder molds due to moisture in the air, the birds will not feed at it. Clean or replace it and fill with fresh, new seed.
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Hummingbird antics are a local favorite for backyard birders. Their feeders should be kept out of the sun to discourage deadly bacteria problems. Be sure to clean the feeder and refill it at least once a week and more often in warm weather. Use only very hot water and vinegar to clean your feeders. Detergents and soap can leave behind harmful residues. Never use honey or food coloring in your feeder.
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Anna’s hummingbirds are more cold tolerant so you may see them all winter. You can improve your chance of seeing them by planting winter blooming shrubs such as Mahonia and Sarcococca for them. In freezing temperatures you may want to bring your feeder in at night and maybe even have two feeders to rotate inside and out as they freeze.

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Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
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Hummingbird Feeder hints and tips
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Whether it is a small hobby or a complete obsession, backyard birding can be enjoyed at any level. Watching birds and listening to their calls is a delight. It is a past-time that can be totally free or at a small expense for feeders, food, houses and/or bird baths.
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For the more advanced birdwatcher, identifying them by sight or call can be a challenge. The longer you spend looking at them, the better you get at noticing their details. Many birders keep “life lists” of every species they have seen in the wild. They enjoy discovering all kinds of details such as which birds prefer which food, their mating habits, what their nests and eggs look like and how they interact with their young.
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Wight’s carries a wide selection of wild bird food, books and paraphernalia. The Garden Center staff can help you find the feeder, seed mix and house with the correct opening size for the bird(s) you are trying to attract, Be sure to check out the decorative, seasonal suet bells and wreaths late in the year!
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Many backyard birds provide excellent, natural insect control!!!
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Learn how to improve your backyard habitat for the birds, bees and butterflies from our knowledgeable nurserymen. Keep an eye on our calendar for free classes on wildlife gardening and/or attracting wild birds.
 


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