Here are, what I think, were my best bird tips of 2017.
Monitoring the nesting boxes involves managing (not handling) live wild birds. It is illegal and unethical to disturb the nest or eggs of any native bird species (even those pesky House Wrens) — this includes touching, picking up, or any type of physical handling of the birds.
Never check nesting boxes on cloudy, rainy, stormy, or cold days. Birds will need to feed more and brood for longer periods of time during inclement weather — it is critical to the survival of their brood. Wait for a sunnier and/or warmer day!
Read the full post with more tips here.
Make “That” Phone Call
“That” phone call refers to this:
“Hi. I found a nest full of baby birds and the mom isn’t around. What should I do?”
“Hi. I found a baby bird. What should I do?”
I’m not a rehabilitator, so you know what? Make “that” phone call! Be “that” person who consults a professional before intervening on a wild bird’s behalf. In my opinion, that is the best action a person can take.
Follow the instructions that the rehabilitator or organization gives to you, even if those instructions are, DO NOTHING.
The most important thing you should do is ask yourself this question: “Am I wildlife professional?” If the answer is “No” then, call one and follow the instructions given to you.
Get the rest of the tips here.
Should I stay, or should I go? When I first started birding, I often asked myself that question. I could spend hours in the field, or block out a solid few hours a few times a week, or even squeeze some time in daily.
These days I bird every day, and despite my general rule of staying an extra 15 minutes longer during a birding outing, now I know when to quit. Here are a few of my tips.
You Have to Use the Loo
Seriously. Everyone does it. Sometime when you’re out in the field, the situation is fine, you can go au naturale, butt that isn’t always the case. (See what I did there?)
For example, if I am on another person’s property, in a wide open field with roads on either side…I plan ahead. I stop at the last gas station on the way, and when it’s time to “go”, I leave.
Nothing beats being snuck up on by a property owner when your pants are at your ankles, or having someone show up 2 seconds after you relieve yourself, only to wonder Did they see me?
If you’re bolder than I am, good for you! Everyone does it, but me…I need privacy.
Nothing to see here. Move along!
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House Finch Eye Disease, also known as House Finch Pink-eye, or Mycoplasmal Conjunctivitis, is highly contagious among birds. The bird feeder is an excellent transmission site.
Think about it. A bird sticks its head into the holes of a bird feeder, perches on it, jumps around in it (if it’s loose birdseed), and well, sometime poop is involved — so there you go. Germs galore.
(Note: Not all birds become infected, but many become carriers.)
When I spotted this bird, I knew immediately what to do — I took down and dumped out all of my feeders, cleaned them, and didn’t put them out for at least a week.
After some time had passed, I put the bird feeders back out filled to the brim and ready for action.
Well. Guess what happened. ANOTHER House Finch with eye disease showed up! So, despite having just put out the feeders, I dumped them, cleaned them, and waited another week.
He never came back — RIP House Finch.
Here are a few tips I learned from the experience:
Only Fill Bird Feeders Halfway
Only fill your feeders half way. Why? Because when an infected finch shows up at your bird feeder, you’ll need to toss every last bit of birdseed that was in the feeder. It’s a little annoying when you’ve just refilled them, so only fill them halfway — it’s more economical that way.
Clean Before Each Refill
You wouldn’t lick a plate encrusted with scum, dust, or worse, poop! Would you? Yeah. Me neither!
So, clean your feeders at each refill. You might be thinking, Ugh. That’s too much work!
Well, if it’s too much work for you, then you need consider the type of feeder you’re using. Try a suet feeder, a platform feeder, or simply use a dish! These three options make it very easy to attract wild birds to your backyard and keep your feeding station clean!
Get the rest of the tips in the full post.
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