We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
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Columbus, OH 43220
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A new generation of birds will soon be entering the world, and the food and housing we provide can make a significant difference on how well they will thrive and survive in our own backyards.
Recent research studies show that birds with access to bird feeders often lay their eggs earlier than those without feeders. This is significant because earlier broods typically have better rates of survival and fledging success than later ones.
Feeders also allow breeding females to spend less time searching for food and more time selecting better nesting sites and constructing higher quality nests. The adults will also have more time available for protecting their nest, eggs and young from predators.
When abundant food is accessible to parent birds it means that more food is provided to their chicks. Studies have shown that this extra nutrition reduces aggression among nest siblings and increases their rate of growth.
But food is not the only key in helping birds to nest successfully in your yard.
A properly designed and installed nesting box can make a significant improvement in nesting success, especially during extreme periods of cold and damp weather.
Now is the time to take action for the next generation of birds in your yard and it’s also a great time to have the next generation of kids come outdoors and help. April is Children & Nature Awareness Month, go to: childrenandnature.org or greenhour.org for more information.
As the trees begin to bud and the first flowers nose their way out of the ground, the internal clocks of many North American songbirds send a message that it’s time to head north.
More than 300 bird species found in the United States and Canada spend the winter in the lush forests of Mexico and South and Central America. As the seasons change, they know it’s time to travel to their summer breeding grounds, where they’ll find the right food and nesting materials to bring a new brood into the world.
Many of these trips span more than 7,000 miles and some involve flying nonstop over the Gulf of Mexico. And without a compass or other navigational tools, it’s believed that many birds find the right course by orienting their route to the positions of the stars. Others seem to be sensitive to the earth’s magnetic field.
Backyard bird feeders enjoy each spring’s migration, because it brings a wide variety of species to their feeders. Throughout their journey, migrating birds are on the lookout for places to rest and refuel. Some may stay in an area for a few days while they prepare to travel farther north. Others might drop in for a quick nibble and drink before taking flight again.
By providing a source of fresh water and food and having a backyard habitat that gives birds plenty of places where they can rest out of the reach of predators, birds will be able to build up the energy they need for successful migration.
Many backyard bird feeders keep a list of all the species that have visited their yards. By varying the food that’s available in your yard, you can attract different species.
There are numerous ways to help your adult and baby birds throughout nesting season.
Songwriter, Cole Porter, began his celebration of falling in love by reminding us that "birds do it." It’s no surprise that Porter chose birds as his first example, because their courtship practices can be as entertaining as they are complex.
Bird courtship displays are integral to mating and raising young. Males use a vast array of techniques to draw the attention of females. With some species, the male simply flies in front of the female to show off his luminous colors or unique markings. In others, songs are more important, and a male will mimic other songs he’s heard, apparently to impress the female with his "playlist."
Female birds usually choose suitors with the best genes and make their selections based upon criteria ranging from appearance, to the ability to provide, to evidence that the male can build the strongest and safest nest.
In some species, birds engage in behaviors that seem to parallel human romance. Cranes are well-known for dancing during courtship. Some birds touch bills or groom each other while evaluating their suitability as mates. Male jays and cardinals often present sunflower seeds to their potential mates.
Birds also approach "faithfulness" very differently. While most birds mate for a single season, some will mate multiple times during a season, and a handful of others – such as geese, swans, and eagles – will have only one mate until one of them dies.
Recent research shows that some species actually have multiple mates simultaneously. For example, after hummingbirds mate, the male will court and mate with another female. House Wrens build multiple nests and let the female choose the one she prefers. After they mate, the male may try to attract another female to occupy one of his other nests. It’s difficult for the male to care for multiple broods, unless the habitat is rich in resources.