Find a place in the shade & take it easy in this heat!
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Here in SW Ontario, and many other areas around the country, the heat & humidity are going to continue once again this week! It is more important than ever to keep your nectar feeders clean & fresh. We have been adding about a cup of fresh nectar each day, cleaning and rinsing them out each morning before refilling them. There seems to be enough birds enjoying them that there is hardly any nectar left when we do wash & refill them! We have placed our nectar feeders in the shade….it must certainly help them to stay a little cooler & fresher during these hot summer days!! Some great info for cleaning your nectar feeders that we recently shared on fb - click here.
Don’t forget your bird baths, water dishes….keep them clean & filled with fresh water….often!
If the Oriole families have not yet arrived at your feeders, they are about to!! We’ve had them squawking from the trees in their nesting area, then closer to where our feeders are located. In the past couple of days, they have discovered our feeders and are being fed at or very near!! It is another of the most wonderful times of the year….enjoy!
Some birds, or even many birds, don’t pick the greatest spots to place their nests. Branches may be weak, breaking during a storm; nests often are knocked out of trees by weather, wind or predators. Still others nest on or near the ground, making them very vulnerable! If the species is one that prefers a cavity, you can lend a hand by placing birdhouses in your yard & adding a baffle along with a predator guard around the entrance hole. Click here for more info about nesting birds! Thanks to Cornell Lab for always great info!
American Robin nest…..on a fence rail, under a vine - July 2019
With the heat & humidity continuing, a cool spot & fresh water for all is so very important!
Happy July everyone ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA! More blooms & blossoms around the garden; more arrivals at the feeders! Some of our feathered friends are nesting for the 2nd time (or even 3rd)….the enjoyment around the bird feeders & around the garden continues!
Wishing everyone a very happy Canada Day holiday weekend!
With the heat & humidity finally arriving, just a reminder to refresh bird baths often, clean & refill (or just partially fill) nectar feeders often, place feeders of every kind in the shade, if at all possible!
Are you ready to celebrate Canada’s birthday? We are!!
They squeak, they squawk….they let mom or dad know where they are! It’s a fabulous time of the year to welcome birds to your garden as adults bring their families, first, to the area around your feeders and eventually to the feeders! Wonderful & so very much fun! Sometimes the little ones end up where you least expect….like this Downy Woodpecker!
It’s so very important to clean all feeders…often….through all seasons of the year! With warmer weather upon us, it is more important than ever! Make certain to clean them at least once a week, for the good health of all of your backyard birds! Not only do nectar feeders need to be kept clean, seed feeders do as well.
As birds fledge, you will be noticing more squawking, chirping, calling, tweeting around your yard & garden and also around your feeders! It’s one of the best times of the year for feeding the birds! Many of these fledglings will be spotted on the ground, in trees & shrubs or out in the open. Never fear….parents are usually near by & will be bringing food fairly often. Leave these birds be! We’ve already had Downys, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and House Finches at or near our feeders…..so much fun!
We have had some inquiries about Orioles….where are they? All through spring migration, so many people told us that they had never seen so many Orioles in their gardens & around their feeders! Now…not so much, some not seeing them around at all! We thought this would be a perfect time to address this since folks have asked!
The fact of the matter is, the Orioles are around, you may hear them, you may have a brief visit to your feeders, but they are now busy….with their nests/nestlings! Yes, they do nest in this area should the habitat be favourable. As their young grow, the adults will be searching out & feeding them insects. (this video from June 15 2018)
Also ~ More info - Click here
If they did nest in your area, don’t be surprised if, in a very short time, you have even more Orioles around your feeders! While you may now want to decrease the food offerings a bit so that you don’t waste or offer spoiled food, at the very least, keep your nectar feeders going! Hummingbirds are around, along with some Orioles….you’ll want them to know they can count on you when needed or when their nestlings fledge, along with prior to their migration south, later in the summer/early fall!
Update - afternoon of June 13 - A few more Oriole sightings around our feeders than there have been in recent days! (Photo below from a previous year, taken on July 8th, close to our feeders)
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are a favourite spring & summertime visitor of many. They are fun to welcome to backyards, whether it be around feeders or just hanging out in the shrubs & trees! Give them some water & the entertainment continues!
We were so delighted to welcome a Scarlet Tanager to our garden on two occasions….but only for a few seconds! Great to see these beautiful birds during migration season!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Many folks are reporting more Orioles in their gardens & around their feeders than ever before!! It’s a very busy time of the year & we are trying to keep our shelves filled, but it has been difficult! Many are enjoying orioles not only at their nectar & fruit feeders, but also around their peanut, suet & even safflower feeders….it’s been a pretty amazing spring! Thanks everyone for all of your support this season & throughout the year!
Thanks to ALL those who have feathered nests for ALL creatures on this planet!