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Wild Bird Scoop, Issue #717
November 08, 2012
Welcome

to the Autumn 2012 edition of the “Wild Bird Scoop"

It is our goal at the Scoop-on-wild-birds-and-feeders.com to help you and your family enjoy the beauty of nature, through discovering the fascinating world of our feathered friends.

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Here is what’s in this issue of “Wild Bird Scoop".

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Hot Topic

“Sit Spots”

News & Reviews

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Quips & Queries

Jill asked “Where do my birds go in winter?”

Wild Bird Ballyhoo

How to help birds in winter survive.

Bird Bluff OR Bird Believable?

How many species of birds are found in North America? ________________________________________
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Hot Topic

”Sit Spots”

    I would like to share with you a concept that I enjoy so very much. This is the idea of a “sit spot”. This concept was first presented to me by Sol Marie Doran who is a Lead Youth School Instructor at Wilderness Awareness School.

    A “sit spot” is a place to go on a regular basis where you quietly watch wildlife and they are not aware of your presence.

    This opens up the opportunity to see the habits and unusual behaviours of animals and birds. Wildlife, in general, are creatures of habit and can be counted on to show up at given times throughout the day or night.

    I think that watching our bird feeders from the quiet of our homes is much like a sit spot. Anyone who is fortunate enough to have bird feeders and the time to regularly watch them has probably experienced this already.

    I know I have witnessed fascinating behaviour during mating season and when young birds make their first visits to the feeders.

    We also had a mother Racoon bring her young ones through our yard every evening around 11pm. They would visit the ground under our bird feeders for whatever they could glean. She was an interesting mother, not the gentle type either! She really didn’t seem to like to share.

    Of course, being outside in the fresh air, with all the smells, sounds and sights is hard to beat. But I just felt the concept of a “sit spot” even from inside looking out was worth stopping to think about and appreciate.

    The Nature Store offers a wide selection of great nature gifts, bird guides, bird CD’s for learning and your birding pleasure. It is a great way to share with your family and friends one of life’s pure joys!

    Wilderness Awareness School also offers many opportunities to learn, at their location or through distance learning. Have a look around their site, it is a lovely trip!

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News & Reviews

  • The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is something you may be interested to participate in, or at least know about and follow. It is a 4 day event held every year in February. All birdwatchers are encouraged to participate by counting birds in their backyard, or local area. You can do this for as short a time period as 15 minutes, on one day, or all four days if you like. Just simply count the number of each species you see at that time, record it and then fill out the checklist on the GBBC website. (For those who are not computer literate they can participate too by just giving their list to someone who is connected to the Internet and asking them to enter their counts for them.)

    You can visit the GBBC website to keep up to date as the counts come in, share photos, and enter the photo contest and win prizes. There are also opportunities on Facebook and Twitter to share.

    February 15 – 18 2013 will be the 16th and next GBBC:

    To sign up and find out more go to -

    The Great Backyard Bird Count for US residents.

    The Great Backyard Bird Count for Canadian residents

    “NEW” this year GBBC has joined with eBird a worldwide bird data collection program to keep track of our precious feathered resource globally. Exciting!

    If you have any further questions that you cannot find the answers to on the above websites please feel free to contact us.

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Quips & Queries

    Jill from Minnesota asked, “Where do my birds go in winter?

    This is a question I am often asked and there is not one answer that fits each person’s situation. If you are interested in finding out the many variables that make up the solution to this question and hopefully find the one that fits your circumstance click here.

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Wild Bird Ballyhoo

    Occasionally it is reported that dead wild birds have been found and the suspected cause of death is freezing. Yes, it has happened.

    A particularly cold period with food being scarce could bring conditions that make it very difficult for wild birds to endure. Fortunately our feathered friends are well equipped to hold up through harsh conditions most of the time.

    A little help from us though never hurts.

    Find out how you can make their survival easier by visiting:

    Providing Shelter

    Suet Feeders and Suet Bird Food

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Bird Bluff OR Bird Believable?

    How many species of birds are found in North America?

    Are you ready for this? 920 Yes, you read that right, 920! It sounds like a lot doesn’t it. And that’s because it is a lot.

    We are very rich in terms of the variety of wild birds that live in North America.

    Of course this number includes permanent and summer residents, as well as regular visitors or strays from other continents.

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… and that’s "The Scoop" for now!

Happy birding!

Judy

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Please contact us if you have any comments or questions. We’d love to hear from you and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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