Bird Watching Guide September
7 Must Do’s To Help Backyard Birds In September
Most wild birds are preparing for change this month, because the sun
slipping farther south is making the day light hours shorter in the
Northern Hemisphere and temperatures are cooling.
At Wild Bird Scoop we are dividing our seasons differently than the rest
of the world for our Bird Watching Guide Series to be more closely in-line with our wild birds activities.
We are including September in the fall season, as most wild birds in September have finished with their young. I think the American Goldfinches will forgive me for saying that, as they are still busy this month with parenting.
But many wild birds are well into their fall trek of migration to sunny, warmer climates for the winter, some even left in July!
Those that don’t migrate are moving around their neighbourhood areas or beyond, and some are choosing winter buddies to hang out with.
They are keeping an eye out for dependable places to eat, so when the natural food supply all of a sudden is covered with snow they will know where to go.
Here are 7 Must Do’s in the Bird Watching Guide September designed to help you, help birds!
Bird Watching Guide September
1. Attracting & Feeding Backyard Birds Plan
This idea I am going to present to you will no doubt make some of you groan but give it a try anyway. It is a good practice and a tremendous help for your backyard birding hobby.
- Get a notebook or a three-ring binder, leave the first several pages blank.
- Then, write at the top of the next twelve pages the twelve months of the year, one month per page.
- Then start jotting down ideas on each month’s page, things that you think of that you would like to change for next year, like plants you want to add to your outside area, or things to buy, maybe a new kind of feeder to try. You may have seen a different feeder pole setup that would improve on what you have.
- Are there problems you consistently face that need to be fixed?
- Is there anything you thought about that you would like to do differently in the next year?
- Now, tuck it behind the canisters on your kitchen counter, with a pen or pencil handy, and when you think of something as the year goes along, it will be easy to find your Attracting & Feeding Backyard Birds Plan!
Now that summer is coming to a close and the season’s memories are fresh, this is a good time to start your backyard plan.
Just quickly jot down ideas, it is not a publishable paper you are creating, it is just a reminder for yourself.
Some of your ideas maybe too large for you to accomplish right away, but it can be worked on bit by bit and in time the project will be completed.
The first several pages are for you to make drawings of your outside space and how you would like to group things together, like this:
- a bird bath area
- a feeding station, perhaps more than one
- areas for bird shelter
It is sometimes easier to see what could be made better in our yard, if we have a sketch. (Remember, you are not going to frame it and hang it on your wall. ;-))
#2 Must Do For Bird Watching Guide September
2. When To Take Down A Hummingbird Feeder
With the weather changing, the behavior of birds will change too. If you feed Hummingbirds, depending on where you live, you may wonder when you should take your feeders down. Leaving them up or taking them down, one way can cause extreme hardship for our dear feathered friends.
Friends, neighbours or family may be giving you advice. But do they really know, and have they listened to the experts.
The last thing we want to do, is cause our Hummingbirds angst at this important time of year. Or send them off ill-prepared for their long journey south.
Discover the best thing to do by reading: When Should You Take Your Hummingbird Feeder Down?
#3 Must Do For Bird Watching Guide September
3. What Should Be Done About Seed Feeders In The Fall?
As with Hummingbird feeders you may struggle with the thought that if you continue to keep your seed feeders up, then the birds that migrate will not leave.
It used to be common practice for people to feed wild birds only in the winter time. Many people did not put out a feeder until it was late fall, after all, the birds who were migrating had left. They thought that if they hung up their feeders too early in the autumn, the birds would not leave and as a result, perish in the cold.
But many people feed wild birds all year now.
Let’s put everyone’s mind at ease, and give the wild birds that visit our feeders more credit for having the ability to know what they need to do, than we have given them in the past.
#4 Must Do For Bird Watching Guide September
4. Keeping Wild Birds Safe
In September wild bird migration is well under way.
For some birds they began their journey to warmer climates back in July! It just seems they just get here and then, turn around to go south again.
Have you considered that you might be able to help in some way to make their journey as safe as possible?
Do you know what the dangers are for wild birds along their migration flyways?
We can all take part in making sure their habitat in our communities are kept in tact. If everyone did this all along their pathway then birds would face far less danger.
Did you know that the second biggest killer of songbirds are windows? There are solutions and you can help implement them.
Learn how here at Can Birds Be Prevented from Hitting Windows?
#5 Must Do For Bird Watching Guide September
5. Maintain Bird Watching Equipment
Scrub it! Get it clean!
Of course, we are not talking about the bird watching equipment you use like binoculars, scopes or field guides. They are the items many people think of when talking about bird watching equipment.
But for backyard bird watching, the bird watching equipment used are bird feeders, bird baths, bird houses, poles, hooks and accessories.
And, it is very important that these items are kept clean and in good repair.
Scrub all your bird watching equipment well each month, more often if your weather is hot and you have lots of birds.
Include all bird feeders, poles, hooks and anything else that birds regularly sit on or eat or drink from in your garden area.
Finches, especially are prone to disease which they spread one to another on bird feeders and bird baths, when they are not maintained properly.
(Bird houses are covered in October.)
#6 Must Do For Bird Watching Guide September
6. Bird Baths
Bird baths, must be given a good bath more often than once per month. If your weather is still reaching high temperatures, then giving your bird baths a good “bath” with a bit of bleach or a good dose of vinegar with soap (environmentally friendly is best) at least 1 to 3 times per week is necessary.
Detailed instructions of How To Clean Bird Baths Here.
#7 Must Do For Bird Watching Guide September
7. When Cleaning Up Your Outdoor Area ~ Go Easy, Go Light & Give Birdlife A Break!
Go “light” on cleaning up your yard!
Leaf litter and pruning are best left until spring, so the birds can take advantage of the seeds and fruit that may still be left on the bushes and trees, during the winter and early spring.
Leaf litter also provides homes for insects that returning spring birds will be glad to eat up.
Leaf litter also supplies invaluable organic matter for your plants to grow strong next spring and summer.
It used to be a short cut lawn and well manicured gardens were lovely to look at.
For me, now, I love to see front lawns that have very little grass.
Gardens sporting beautiful wildflowers in varying stages of growth and life.
Lots of native trees, vines and bushes with some bearing fruit.
This year as I walked our neighbourhood I rejoiced that some homes had obviously and deliberately planted milkweed plants in their front yard gardens. They grew big and beautiful!
That is all it takes to make big changes that matter to wild birds is for each one of us to begin implementing ways to support wildlife.
One change supports all life, even our own, because life cycles connect us all!
I hope you have enjoyed Bird Watching Guide September with 7 Must Do’s.
Remember you can have a downloaded PDF copy if you are a newsletter member, just go back to the September 2019 newsletter you received and click on the download button!
If you are not a newsletter member yet, then sign up on one of the many forms on this site or go here.
More On Fall Bird Feeding
- Fall Bird Feeding Some people think that bird feeding in the autumn is not a good idea. They mistakenly believe that their feeders will keep the birds from migrating. Find out the truth.
- Should We Take Our Feeders Down in The Autumn?
Our neighbours and friends mean well when they tell us to take our seed
and nectar feeders down in the fall. But are they right?
- Bird Watching Guide September 7 Must Do’s that will lead backyard bird watchers to help wild birds prepare for fall.
- Bird Watching Guide October 7 Must Do’s to aid backyard birds for a successful migration or winter season.
- Bird Watching Guide November 7 Must Do’s that will help you get your wild birds ready for a healthy season.
The Other 3 Seasons
- Winter Bird Feeding
Bird watching in the winter months provides many rewards for us. We
can’t help ourselves from wanting to assist them by putting out a bird
- Spring Bird Feeding An exciting time when wild birds return to their northern breeding grounds after their long migration.
- Summer Bird Feeding A very rewarding season to feed and house wild birds. There is such a variety of bird life and feathered family activity to enjoy.