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Bird Watcher News     September 7th, 2023
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Thank you to all who came out for our Hummingbird Banding Events at Smith-Gilbert Gardens. We banded seventeen Ruby-throats over the two days, and were happy to share our hummingbird knowledge with such enthusiastic crowds. Ashley Frasca from WSB got to release a bird, and a PBS crew was also filming for an upcoming nature program due to air next Spring. So stay tuned--we will post when we get details.
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Our team, Julia, Kayla, Sherry and Karen (above) and SGG Garden Manager Lisa (below) all got a chance to hold the real star of the show--Fiona the Tawny Owl from Hawk Talk. She's such a sweetheart and along with Monteen, does a great job as an educational ambassador!
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Our buddy Kyle (below,) a hummingbird bander with Banding Coalition of the Americas (BCA) came all the way from Foley, Alabama to help out, also! Here he is taking measurements on a newly banded hummer.
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Fall migration is really building! eBird is lighting up with reports of southward moving warblers, vireos, orioles, tanagers, flycatchers and much more. September and October are the peak months, but some migrants can linger into late November. We were lucky to have this gorgeous Yellow-throated Warbler (above) visit our deck birdbath several days this week. Water sources, especially moving water, along with fruit and mealworm feeders are easy ways to attract migrants. Most are not seed eaters, so they usually do not frequent regular birdfeeders. Below are a few pics from last Fall--Cape May Warblers on watermelon and grapes, and a female Black-throated Blue Warbler eating orange sections.
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Seed and suet feeder slowdown is very normal this time of year. There is an abundance of natural foods like seeds, insects, and berries. Young birds disperse and their parents are free to move around more after the busy breeding season, so action at our feeders takes a dip. But keep an eye on them, so seed doesn't cake, clump and mold, especially after rain or high humidity. It's a good idea to give them a firm shake or stir every few days if seed levels aren't going down quickly.
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We love Mr. Bird products like this Flaming Hot Feast Seed Cake for slower times when you don't need a big feeder. They are super easy--just replace the cylinder and go. And we just got a fresh, new shipment!‚Äč
 
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