Invite birds now for the winter
With even the hint of a cool Autumn breeze still weeks away, it’s difficult to think of winter now. However, wild birds’ internal clocks will soon signal them to begin their preparation for the harsh winter ahead. Along with our partner Songbird Essentials, we’ve prepared some expert suggestions for inviting and retaining winter birds in and about your yard during the upcoming long, cold winter.View full post
The state’s coastal shoreline, forests, and privately-owned conservation areas have long been a magnet for bird-watching in Connecticut.
Whether you’re looking to spot a year-round raptor resident or a migratory bird you’ll find something for everybody in this collection of bird-watching destinations in the Nutmeg State.
White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center – Litchfield:
In 1913 Alain White and his sister, May, created the White Memorial Foundation in the hills of northwestern Connecticut, and with Bantam Lake as its centerpiece. Today you’ll discover 35 miles of trails winding through open water and wetlands. Popular walks for bird-watchers are Lake Trail, the Little Pond Boardwalk Trail and the Butternut Trail.View full post
Eight years ago, Bill Askenburg established New England Birdhouse of Chelmsford, Mass., a niche business offering custom miniature replicas of clients’ homes that serve as weather-resistant bird shelters. As he works meticulously on each piece, he says he always considers how special each one is going to be to the recipient.View full post
With thousands of bird feeders, bird houses, bird baths and accessories to choose from, finding the perfect gift for someone who likes to attract birds to their backyard garden or patio can be a daunting task. Here is a top 5 list of gift ideas that are sure to be a hit with your backyard birder.
Squirrel proof feeders can be fun to watch
Squirrel proof feeders are fun to watch, and effective.
Unique Gift Idea #5: Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders
Squirrels can be a huge nuisance to a backyard birder. They can quickly destroy an average bird feeder as they gorge themselves on premium bird seed. Luckily, there are bird feeders designed especially to prevent squirrels from feeding from them, and that provide hours of entertainment as the spurned squirrels stubbornly try to get to the seed (see squirrel obstacle course video).
Our best-selling squirrel proof bird feeder is the Yankee Flipper. It has a motor driven, battery powered, weight activated perch ring that allows the birds to eat and twirls squirrels off. It holds 5 lbs of seed, and is durably constructed of stainless steel and non-yellowing polycarbonate. The Yankee Flipper link above includes a video of it in action.
Also, a squirrel proof baffle can be added to a favorite bird feeder. For an automated spin, our Twirl-A-Squirrel baffle sits above an existing feeder and uses a squirrel’s weight on the feeder to activate a motor which gently spins the squirrel to the ground.
Heated Bird Bath
Heated Bird Bath
Unique Gift Idea #4: Heated Bird Baths
If the fall migration has left your backyard birder’s garden devoid of birds, adding a heated bird bath is the perfect solution to draw in an amazing variety of winter birds looking for a source of unfrozen water.
There are a number of heated bird bath options available, including deck mounted bird baths and pedestal style bird baths. Some backyard birders choose to protect the pumps of their favorite fountains by storing the fountains over the winter, and placing a separate heated bird bath or basin close to a window or vantage point.
Also, if your backyard birder already has a fountain in their backyard, heating elements (some thermostatically controlled) can be added to deice the bird bath during the coldest winter months.
Bird-Song-Audio-From-New-England-BirdhouseUnique Gift Idea #3: Bird Song Audio Learning Devices
The enjoyment of watching birds in your backyard is dramatically increased, when you can identify bird songs and bird calls. Being able to identify a bird based on its song is now attainable through technology.
Devices such as the Identiflyer, store and playback a recording of wild birds’ calls and songs, and can even be used sparingly to attract birds to the area. Bird song scanning wands use bar codes that can be placed in bird watching field guides to scan and playback recordings of bird songs in the field. There is even a singing alarm clock that wakes a sleeping birder with the call of their favorite bird. The convenience and simplicity of these devices, make them a terrific resource for kids interested in backyard birding.View full post
The next time you hear a familiar “chick a dee dee dee”, listen closely, because a chickadee’s call can tell you a lot. Biologists have discovered that the more “dees” there are in a Black-capped Chickadee’s warning call, the more dangerous the predator.
One very threatening predator is the pygmy owl. Its prey is often small birds, and they are able to maneuver swiftly enough to capture a chickadee. When scientists tethered these birds close to chickadees in a test environment, they caused the chickadees to add as many as 23 “dees” to their warning calls!
Larger predators that don’t maneuver well and don’t cause much of a threat to chickadees only warranted an additional 3 or 4 “dees!” Chickadees also have a quiet “seet” call, which is believed to warn others of flying raptors. In fact, biologists have actually recognized more than 30 variations in chickadee songs and calls.
There are seven species of chickadees found in North America. The Black Capped Chickadee of the north was once called the Appalachian Chickadee, while the Mountain Chickadee of the Rockies and west was once called Bailey’s Chickadee–and the Chestnut-sided or Chestnut-backed Chickadee of the northwest coast was once named Barlow’s. Chickadees are in the same family as the Tits of Europe and Africa and the well known American Titmouse.View full post
Birding optics help to bring birds closer and are a must have for every backyard birdwatcher.
Binoculars and other optics allow birders to observe the behavior of the birds at the bird feeder. Amazing things are visible with binoculars that would likely go unnoticed without magnification.
For example, optics allow a front-row view of the Tufted Titmouse pick up and drop several peanut pieces searching for the right one, or watching the male Northern Cardinal court the female by gently placing food in her mouth, or noticing the changing colors of American Goldfinch as they begin to molt their golden summer feathers to their drab winter plumage.
Vortex Vulture Binoculars
Vortex Vulture Binoculars
There are many varieties and styles of optics available to birders, and understanding the differences can be challenging. Most birders start with binoculars. A popular misconception of binoculars is that the power of binoculars is the most important measure of quality. Rather, it is only one of several factors to consider.View full post
As one of New England’s most visually unique travel destinations, Acadia National Park is part of the National Park Service located on 108-sq. mile Mt. Desert Island slightly beyond mid-coast Maine. Easily accessible by car (a plain-looking bridge connects from the mainland in Ellsworth, Maine), Acadia features scenic rocky coast, and forested valleys, and lakes and mountains, often dramatically carved by glacial force. It’s an amazing scene, further enhanced by a salt-sea chill in the air, locals with Down East accents and, of course, the chance to eat a Maine lobster dinner at one of the many local restaurants and seafood shacks.View full post
Permanent link to this article: http://blog.newenglandbirdhouse.com/
The rule implements federal protections provided by the ESA for the Cantabrian capercaillie, Marquesan imperial pigeon, Eiao Marquesas reed-warbler, greater adjutant, Jerdon’s courser, and slender-billed curlew.
If the pair’s breeding effort is successful at Midway Atoll Refuge, it would mark the first confirmed hatching of a short-tailed albatross outside of Japan in modern history.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a report recommending closing human access to caves and mines where bats with white-nose syndrome are hibernating in an area more than 250 miles from other WNS-affected caves and mines.
The oldest known U.S. wild bird – a coyly conservative 60 — is a new mother. The bird, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, was …
Damage to bat wings from the fungus associated with white-nose syndrome (WNS) may cause catastrophic imbalance in life-support processes, according to newly published research. …
Researchers found that deforestation in the New England area at that time produced significant soil erosion, increasing sediment delivery rates — the natural flow of sand and soil in water systems. The large amounts of sediment traveling in rivers and streams to the coastline spurred a significant period of wetland growth, leading to marshes lining the coast of New England that today are abnormally large.