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Thursday, January 19, 2023

White-winged Crossbills at feeders!

You never know who may show up at your feeders! I once had White-winged Crossbills visit feeders in late winter. These northern birds are rarely seen here, let alone seen at feeders. White-winged Crossbills are large finches that mainly live in Canada, AK, and northern areas of the northeast quadrant of this country. In winter they can come down into the U.S. in search of food. They use their amazing bill, which is crossed at the tip, to pry open conifer cones and extract the seeds. We were making it easy for them, as we had hulled sunflower in the feeders, no shell to remove.

 

Monday, January 02, 2023

Saturday, December 03, 2022

Evening Grosbeaks feeder cam!!


Check out the Evening Grosbeaks on the Maine feeder cam, sponsored by the Finch Research Network. (watch it full screen for the best effect)

Evening Grosbeaks have declined by 92% since 1970. To support Evening Grosbeak research go here,

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

How You Can Help Birds!

 





I was recently asked by someone "how can I help the birds?" While it is sometimes easy to feel helpless, there is so much you can do!! Here are some tips:
- Vote for and support people and organizations who will fight climate change. Climate change is the number one existential threat for not just birds, but all living things, including us.
- Support bird conservation organizations at the local, state, and national levels.
- Keep cats indoors and learn how to protect birds from window strikes.
- Educate yourself about birds, as well as the healing and wellness power of birds and nature so you can educate others.
- Participate in Citizen Science, such as Project FeederWatch and eBird so scientists can learn more about how birds are doing and what they need.
- Create a bird sanctuary in your own yard with native plantings to help resident, migrating, wintering, and breeding bird species.
- Feed the birds and learn best bird feeding practices to successfully attract the most birds and keep them safe.
- Mentor someone and help them learn about birds, including kids!
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Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Finches are Coming!! Fill Your Feeders!

Pine Grosbeak
Common Redpoll
Evening Grosbeak
Pine Siskin
White-winged Crossbill

 Here they come! It's getting finchy out there! There were big numbers of migrating finches seen recently at Tadoussac bird observatory (The Observatoire d’Oiseaux de Tadoussac) which sits at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, and had 2,232 Pine Grosbeaks, 474 Common Redpolls, 213 Evening Grosbeaks, 134 White-winged Crossbills and 43 Pine Siskins. Keep those feeders filled and fingers crossed you will see some of these beautiful irruptive finches that come down to thrill us every few years.

Friday, October 21, 2022

State of the Birds 2022, bad news with a little good news



 The new State of the Birds Report 2022, https://www.stateofthebirds.org/2022/, is out and it is not good news. 3 Billion (1 in 4) birds have been lost from the United States and Canada since 1970. Currently, birds are declining in every habitat type except wetlands which have had heavy investment with resultant gains. There are 70 species at a tipping point, which have lost 2/3 of their populations in the past 50 years, such as Bobolink, Prairie Warbler, Black and Brown-capped Rosy-Finches, and many more. The good news is that there are many steps that can be taken to help the situation if we take action now! Go to the link above to download the report and learn how you can help.