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Old 12-02-2019, 06:59 PM
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Christmas Bird Count

2/3 of North American birds are in danger of extinction. Nearly every species is rapidly declining...... Visit Audubon and learn more. Find native plant lists to help wildlife by your zip code. Put up nest boxs. Stop using insecticides. Add a water feature.

Join the great bird count!
https://www.audubon.org/conservation...mas-bird-count

Audubon , enter zip code plant lists
https://www.audubon.org/native-plants


Create a backyard habitat. Rent, make a container pollinator garden.
https://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife/certify



Join Nest watch! Researchers asking for data on several species.
https://nestwatch.org/

Build your own nestboxs, free plans by area and species
https://nestwatch.org/learn/all-abou...d-right-house/

My signs haven't ordered my Audubon bird sign yet...
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Old 12-02-2019, 09:24 PM
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Re: Christmas Bird Count

Interesting links! One of these years I may look into the nest watch program more - I love watching the birds on our property .
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:14 PM
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Re: Christmas Bird Count

Thanks. I wanted to see a summer tanager so bad. I looked for ten years.... This year I had a lot of caterpillars, then I had a lot of wasps eating the caterpillar. Everyone told me to kill the wasps. But I said something eats wasps.
Yep Summer Tanagers eat wasps!!!! They showed up this year for the first time!!! I had a breeding pair!!! And American Red starts showed up to, they like wasps, bees, and butterflies. It was amazing to see such beautiful birds!!

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/...ager/overview#
Although Summer Tanagers mostly eat bees and wasps, they may also forage on backyard berry bushes and fruit trees near their forest habitat. The Summer Tanager is a bee and wasp specialist. It catches these insects in flight and kills them by beating them against a branch.
All About Birds › guide › overview
Summer Tanager Overview, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/...an_Redstart/id
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Old 12-03-2019, 12:44 AM
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Re: Christmas Bird Count

I know we have western tanagers here, but I have yet to see them at our place....would be very excited to see them on our property! I looked up summer tanagers - dang those are pretty! We do have a ton of birds here, and I have another 150 trees to plant this winter - so I’m sure that number will get bigger . I tend to leave insects alone as long as they don’t place us in immediate danger. I find it really interesting to see who eats who as well. The bald faced hornet nest wasn’t anywhere near the house this year, so I left them alone - I was excited to see them hunting yellow jackets (which I really hate).
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Old 12-03-2019, 12:45 PM
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Re: Christmas Bird Count

150!! You are planting a Forrest!!! Just like the story if the man who planted a forest! So cool!
What kind of trees?
I planted a mulberry tree as that draws so many species of birds, a plum, 2 crabapple trees, a red buckeye, a native fringe tree ( so pretty), several native dog woods, a Carolina Silver bells tree, a sassafras tree, a paw paw tree for butterflies, a couple of Simpson stoppers, wax myrtle for the painted buntings! Blueberries, blackberries and viburnum.

I get a pair of painted buntings every year they are amazing!!!
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Painted_Bunting/id
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:06 PM
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Re: Christmas Bird Count

This year we’re planting mostly evergreens - fir, spruce, cedar, pine. We planted 300 or so deciduous trees about 5 years ago, so need to balance with some evergreens. We have 7.5 acres that was cleared for farmland many years ago, leaving trees only close to the house. We’ve been slowly re-planting it for the last 10 years, with the goal being to have 3-4 acres fully treed with mostly native trees. My husband dug a deep 1 acre pond about 10 years ago and that has naturalized beautifully - bringing all kinds of waterfowl onto the property. Many consider us a stop during migration, which is lots of fun to see who passes through.

In FL you would have many more tree options than we have in WA....a bit envious .

A few of the trees waiting for planting in the pic!
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Re: Christmas Bird Count

As a young boy (11 or 12y.o.) I was BIG into the wild birds,feeders and houses,used to go bird watching,I was even in contact periodically with a guy from the National Wildlife Assoc. who would send me "stuff" on occasion.
I remember one winter counting 50 cardinals at the feeder at one time! Back then,cardinals were scarce in these parts of the country. Seeing all those red birds on a freshly laid 6inches of snow was breath-taking. Little chickadee's and titmice and red polls at the window feeder was awesome...


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Re: Christmas Bird Count

I was once a member of the local Audubon and participated in the year bird counts. That said, I had found that our local group had issues with people who had Companion Parrots and the spoiled the fun...

Anyway, the huge area around North America's largest surface water lakes "The Great Lakes" have seen huge reductions in the population of Birds that live at or near the equally huge Great Lakes Wet Lands. The reductions came as a result of the loss of very near if not all of the Great Lakes Wet Lands due to the very high water levels. This resulted in the elimination of nesting areas and food sources as the entire food chain fails due to the rapid change in water levels. As I understand it, it takes 30 years for an eco system to redevelop.

Creating water feature in some parts of North America is not recommended and in some places not allowed. Check with your local government, especially if your area is effected by EEE and /or West Nile.

Audubon is pushing to have cities turn-off their building lighting at night to slow the effect of migrating birds flying into the buildings at night. And, at the same time, they say nothing about the vast deaths that are occurring at the ever increasing number of Wind Farms (Wind Energy to Electrical Energy facilities).

With regards to planting trees! Take care that you are targeting a wide cross-section of native tree types and their variation in age span. Whenever possible, attempts to vary the age, so you are not faced with a larger area of trees that are falling /failing from the effects of age. This is very important with the large family of fir trees as when they get old, they just start falling with little warning.
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Re: Christmas Bird Count

As for a water feature, you can add mosquito minnows. They naturally get spread to bodies of water, but usually not our tiny ones. They eat the mosquito larvae!!! I put feeder guppies in mine. They are going strong at 4 year mark now. I don't feed them or do anything.

Here in Florida we had a program this summer ever they gave out free mosquito minnows

Or you can use a solar fountain to keep the water moving..

By water feature I mean a bird bath, a fountain, or a small decorative pond. I had not heard of restrictions???? Everything thing I read begs people to add water, as there naturally would be ditched streams, low areas that we have eliminated from vast track of land. I would love to see the info on that ..
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This year we’re planting mostly evergreens - fir, spruce, cedar, pine. We planted 300 or so deciduous trees about 5 years ago, so need to balance with some evergreens. We have 7.5 acres that was cleared for farmland many years ago, leaving trees only close to the house. We’ve been slowly re-planting it for the last 10 years, with the goal being to have 3-4 acres fully treed with mostly native trees. My husband dug a deep 1 acre pond about 10 years ago and that has naturalized beautifully - bringing all kinds of waterfowl onto the property. Many consider us a stop during migration, which is lots of fun to see who passes through.

In FL you would have many more tree options than we have in WA....a bit envious .

A few of the trees waiting for planting in the pic!
Just amazing!!!! Whish I had all that land!!!
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