Here is the July 2007 edition of the “Wild Bird Scoop…" This issue:

Hot Topic

    -We will be covering a snagging situation!

How to

News & Reviews

Quips & Queries

Bird Bluff OR Bird Believable?

Wild Bird Ballyhoo

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Hot Topic

    A Snag in The Yard

    A snag in the yard is not a bad thing. It may sound like something that you may get caught or hung up on, but instead it is a very fascinating and beneficial thing to have in your yard.

    A snag is a dead or dying tree. This may not sound very attractive to the average home owner. Traditionally it has been the practice of home owners to cut down dead trees in their yard. It may still be necessary if the tree is too close to the house and there is risk of it damaging the home. But even then sometimes just cutting off the top and leaving a twenty foot high stump or higher if safety allows, will be sufficient to supply a useful snag.

    Many wild birds will use snags for a multiple of purposes. And birds are not the only creatures who use snags. There are many animals and insects that get an abundance of benefit from snags.

    According to the National Wildlife Federation 1200 species of wildlife benefit from dead or downed trees which are in various stages of decay.

    Some of the uses are:

    • cavities and slits provide roosting spots for Flying Squirrels, Kestrels, Bats, Owls, Woodpeckers, Brown Creepers, Nuthatches, Chicadees, Swallows some Finches and other wild critters

    • many varieties of bird species use the branches and tops of snags for perching, which allows them good viewing for rivals, predators and food

    • rotting trees decay because of the action of fungi, mosses, microscopic organisms and insects, which in turn supply nesting material and a good food source for wild birds and other wild creatures

    • storage bins for winter food – four legged-animals and birds use snags to store food

    • soil exposed where a tree is uprooted provides a dust bath in the dryer months

You can create snags if there are no natural ones available in your area or yard. Hardwood trees make better nesting sites and softwood makes a better food source. Providing both will balance the need for housing and sustenance. Cut the top off a tree, leaving at minimum fourteen feet standing. Create a jagged top as this will allow for rot to develop faster than a smooth top. Cut off long branches, especially near the base of the trunk to provide a foraging area.

Snags at every stage of the decaying process provide a variety of life giving benefits to forest wildlife. They also ensure that the next generation of young trees will have the nutrients necessary for life.

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News & Reviews

  • There has been a new bird discovered in Bogota, Colombia. Its name is Yariguies Brush-Finch. It is amazing to me that there can be a new bird discovery. But when one understands how remote an area this birds lives in, it is no surprise. It is a multicoloured bird, with a yellow and black body, orange crest and reddish-brown and black eyes. It is a sub-species of the Yellow-breasted Brush-Finch. A very beautiful bird. You can see a picture of it here.

  • Our store is on its way!

    The brick and mortar type take a lot of time and work to set up - bin there done that – but so do online stores, just no heavy lifting. We will keep you posted.

    Our opening specials are really awesome!

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How to Clean Bird Feeders Easily

    Can you keep your bird feeders clean and still have time to enjoy them?

    We will show you how!

    How to clean bird feeders the easy and best way in 9 easy steps:

      1. Pick a day and clean them all on that day.

      2. Clean feeders outside to prevent contaminating your indoor sinks.

      3. Use 2 pails of water – one with a little detergent and a capful of bleach – the other one for rinsing.

      4. Use a brush; an assortment of brushes to reach all the nooks and cranies.

      5. Wear rubber gloves to protect yourself from bacteria.

      6. Allow seed feeders to completely dry before refilling with fresh seed. (Do not refill with the seed that was still in the feeder before cleaning – spread this old seed on the ground for the ground feeders to clean up.)

      7. The same applies to Oriole and Hummingbird feeders; refill with fresh syrup and never top up the feeders.

      8. In between wash days use a rag that has been wet and rung out with a water bleach solution, to wipe off feeding ports first and perches second.

      9. Sit back and enjoy the sight and sounds of healthy, happy wild birds at your clean feeders!

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    Quips and Queries

      Q: Do you know what the number one predator is for wild birds?

      A: You just might be surprised. Find out here.

      If you have a question or comment, click here. If you don’t want your name listed with the question you ask, we won’t include it. We always ask permission first.

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    Bird Bluff OR Bird Believable?

      TRUE or FALSE: Which multimillion dollar organizations named their illustrious businesses after one of our beloved backyard bird visitors?

      (You will find the answer in the red and yellow box at the bottom of this e-zine.)

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    Wild Bird Ballyhoo

      In the August 2007 issue =>
      • The Awesome Night Flyers
      In the September 2007 issue =>
      • Migration Mysteries

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      We really hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this newsletter, even half as much as we enjoyed preparing it!

      … and that’s "The Scoop" for now!

      Judy

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      Answer to Bird Bluff OR Bird Believable?

      Baltimore Orioles, St Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays



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