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BIRD WATCHING

Bird watching is a popular hobby. Finding and identifying different bird species can be quite a challenge. Birds can be identified by using field guides and visually determining the bird's category (swimmer, flier, wader, bird of prey, fowl-like, etc.), field marks (spot of color, eye-rings, etc.), size and shape, behavior (feeding, courtship, flying and/or swimming and/or walking, flocking, etc.), migration patterns (if applicable), range of habitat, etc.


You can do Backyard birding and attract birds to your yard by providing appropriate food, water, and habitats for wild birds, and limiting use of pesticides. Bushes and dense hedges protect birds from predators, provide perches, and are home to insects, which are great bird food. Colorful flowers also attract hummingbirds.


Bird houses are fun to make and attract many nesting birds. Bluebirds, robins, wrens, chickadees, warblers, swallows, woodpeckers, martins, owls, and many other types of birds will nest in a bird house. Each type of bird has different house requirements, including the house's dimensions, entrance hole size, and house placement.


Seeds (especially sunflower and millet) and suet are high-energy bird foods. Children can make a simple bird feeder by attaching a short length of string to a pine cone, covering the pine cone with a suet, lard, or vegetable shortening mixture (see below), and rolling it in seeds, and then suspending it from a tree branch.

Fatty mixture: Mix 1/2 cup suet, lard, or vegetable shortening with 2 1/2 cups cornmeal or uncooked oats until well blended. Optional: add dried fruit (chopped up), chopped nuts, and/or 1/4 cup finely chopped leftover meat (only in cold weather).



Hummingbirds drink nectar which you can make yourself. Mix 1 cup of very hot water with 1/4 cup white sugar - do not use honey! Cool before using and replace the liquid often.

Food coloring is not necessary; the hummingbirds will prefer a red nectar container, however.

Make sure that you dump the old nectar each week and thoroughly clean the feeder at the same time. In hot weather, replace the nectar and clean the feeder more ofter; some people recommend changing it daily.

Although this sugar diet seems non-nutritious, hummingbirds also eat eat insects and spiders, getting plenty of protein and other nutrients.

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